Daimler Trucks North America To Participate In U.S. DOE Clean Cities Programs Valued At Nearly $100 Million For Alternative Technology Vehicles

Daimler Trucks North America To Participate In U.S. DOE Clean Cities

Programs Valued At Nearly $100 Million For Alternative Technology


U.S. DOE support for DTNA customers includes funding for some of the

nation's single largest heavy-duty alternative fuel deployment efforts

to date

Portland, OR - The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced

its selection of 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program

that will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

(ARRA). Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) will participate in at least

seven program awards representing $32.9 million in funding to be applied

toward the purchase and support of 638 hybrid and alternative fuel

vehicles by several leading national fleet operators. Daimler's range of

participation and deployment of vehicle technologies is expected to

increase as selected Clean Cities programs, including those involving

ports, municipal and school bus fleets, use funds toward vehicle


Working with its customers and dealers, DTNA helped to spearhead the

submittal of these winning applications, which represent nearly $100

million in project value including over $84 million in vehicle costs and

approximately $14 million in alternative fuel refueling infrastructure

across the United States.

Funding for the projects was awarded based on applications submitted in

partnership with Clean Cities Coalitions and directed to the DOE's

"Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Technologies Projects for the

Transportation Sector Funding Opportunity." The ARRA and DOE Clean

Cities funding encourages fleet adoption of clean, fuel-efficient diesel

and alternative energy technologies that will stimulate the economy,

create "green" jobs, reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and generate

near-zero levels of emissions.

The projects call for the deployment of multiple commercially available

advanced and alternative fuel products offered by the company under its

Freightliner and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) lines,

including: hybrid electric, hybrid hydraulic, compressed natural gas

(CNG) and liquid natural gas (LNG) trucks and tractors.

The DOE funding will be used to support the manufacture and sale of the

following truck models:

* Freightliner Business Class(r) M2e 106 hybrid electric trucks

and tractors

* Freightliner Business Class(r) M2 112 LNG tractors

* Freightliner Business Class(r) M2 112 CNG trucks and tractors

* Freightliner Custom Chassis hybrid electric walk-in vans

* Freightliner Custom Chassis hydraulic hybrid walk-in vans

* Freightliner Custom Chassis CNG walk-in vans

U.S. DOE support for DTNA customers includes funding for what will

result in some of the nation's single largest heavy-duty alternative

fuel deployment efforts to date.

Through its Freightliner Trucks division and as the parent company of

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, DTNA offers one of the nation's

most extensive lines of fuel efficient clean drive diesel trucks as well

as a wide variety of applications in hybrid and alternative fuel

vehicles that meet U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program

funding guidelines and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

emissions standards.

"This award is important to our company on several levels," said Roger

Nielsen, chief operating officer at DTNA. "It validates the efforts of

our employees in their development of viable advanced technology and

alternative fuel vehicles for the sustainable future of our customers,"

Nielsen added. "And, it recognizes the vision of Daimler's leadership in

creating 'green' jobs and opportunities for contributing to cleaner air

and healthier communities."

The manufacture and sale of these trucks will support North American

jobs. Freightliner Business Class M2e hybrid electric and M2 CNG and LNG

vehicles are built in Mt. Holly, NC. Freightliner Custom Chassis hybrid

electric and hydraulic hybrid walk-in van chassis are built in Gaffney,

SC. Eaton hybrid components are manufactured in North Carolina and

Parker Hannifin hydraulic components are manufactured at facilities

throughout the United States.

"DOE's support underscores our customers' acceptance and preference for

Daimler clean drive technologies, including the Freightliner and FCCC

CNG, LNG and hybrid vehicles," said Mark Lampert, senior vice president

sales, Daimler Trucks North America. "This exemplifies the value of a

long line of Daimler technologies that deliver customer value, fuel

efficiency and cleaner air - offering a win-win opportunity for


"Having experience in projects where clean air initiatives meet national

and regional customer needs for cost-effective transportation, we saw

tremendous opportunity here for Daimler leadership and Freightliner and

FCCC hybrid and alternative fuel products," said Lampert.

"We are excited to have contributed to these successful applications for

DOE funds and pleased to help our customers deploy advanced Freightliner

technologies in their fleets," he added. "This will make a significant

difference in their operations in terms of lower emissions, less use of

foreign oil and a more sustainable approach to moving the goods that are

critical to our economy."

Freightliner and Freightliner Custom Chassis hybrids offer energy-saving

advantages through advanced technology. These systems are constantly

being charged during braking, with the electric hybrid capturing about

25 percent of the braking energy and the hydraulic hybrids capturing up

to 70 percent of the braking energy. This results in improved fuel

economy, reduced brake wear, and quieter vehicle operation.

Freightliner Trucks offers hybrids in a variety of applications. Its M2e

delivers up to a 40 percent improvement in fuel economy in the pick up

and delivery segment, and up to a 60 percent improvement in fuel economy

in the municipality and utility segment, where the vehicle needs power

while stationary to repair overhead lines, trim trees, shred yard waste

or vacuum out storm drains. The M2e also delivers up to 87 percent

reduction in idling time while producing less noise for quieter work

site operation.

FCCC was the first manufacturer in the chassis industry to introduce

hybrid commercial chassis into fleet operations. Its hybrid-electric

powertrain, combined with a diesel engine and electric motor, achieves

an over 40 percent improvement in fuel economy and over 90 percent

reduction in emissions compared to baseline non-hybrid vehicles, while

demonstrating over 99 percent in-service up time.

DTNA was the first manufacturer to offer and deploy a factory built

natural gas (NG) truck, and with this launch, became one of the first to

put commercially viable U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2010

emission compliant trucks on the road (two years ahead of 2010). Natural

gas trucks reduce pollutants by more than 90 percent and, depending on

the application, can save an estimated $6,000 in annual fuel and

operating costs per truck. Because natural gas is a domestic resource,

deployment of natural gas trucks also helps to meet the goal of the DOE

program to reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Earlier this year, Freightliner introduced its first natural gas-powered

truck, the Freightliner Business Class M2 112 NG, which is ideal for

port operations, natural gas utilities, and municipalities. The new

natural gas trucks with next-generation natural gas powertrains have

more power and burn cleaner.

DTNA has a long history of providing innovative technologies that

benefit customers and the environment. DTNA's commitment to green

technologies is part of Daimler AG's global "Shaping Future

Transportation" initiative. Launched in Stuttgart, Germany in 2007, the

initiative is focused on reducing criteria pollutants (identified and

regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other air

quality agencies around the world), carbon dioxide and fuel consumption.

Freightliner Trucks is a division of, and Freightliner Custom Chassis

Corporation is a subsidiary of, Daimler Trucks North America LLC,

headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and the leading medium- and

heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North

America produces and markets Class 4-8 trucks and is a Daimler company,

the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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