LOUISVILLE, Ky., – (March 26, 2014) – Freightliner Trucks announced today that it has started production of additional features for the Freightliner Cascadia® natural gas-powered tractor. The Cascadia natural gas tractor is now available with a 48-inch sleeper cab, and factory-installed compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks. The Meritor WABCO OnGuard™ Collision Safety System is also now available on Cascadia natural gas-powered tractors spec’d with a manual transmission. A natural gas-powered Cascadia is on display at the Freightliner Trucks booth (#30125) at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show.
The Cascadia natural gas sleeper has a roomy and comfortable cab with driver-friendly features, as well as the latest aerodynamic elements to further enhance overall performance.
Equipped with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine, the Cascadia natural gas tractor features a variety of CNG fuel tank configurations, up to 190 diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) capacity with an anticipated fill-range of about 800 miles.
“As a leader in delivering natural gas-powered trucks, as well as the market leader in the Class 8 over-the-road market, we’re adding options to our natural gas product line up that our over-the-road fleet customers are requesting,” said Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “Having the 48-inch sleeper cab as an option on the Cascadia natural gas provides a smart option for fleet customers who want an alternative fuel solution without compromising comfort, performance and the ability to haul longer distances; while the OnGuard system contributes to the safety of their vehicles.”
Freightliner’s commitment to green technologies is part of parent company Daimler AG’s global “Shaping Future Transportation” initiative. Launched in 2007, the initiative is focused on reducing criteria pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption through the utilization of clean, efficient drive systems including clean diesel and alternative fuels. Since 2008, Freightliner Trucks has sold more 3,000 natural gas-powered trucks and tractors.
For more information, visit the Freightliner Trucks booth (#30125) at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show or go to www.FreightlinerTrucks.com.
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading 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.