Two new Freightliner Cascadia compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles will be showcased for the first time at the 2018 ACT Expo Conference. The trucks further expand DTNA’s breadth of alternative fuel options.
One of the new Cascadia CNG vehicles featured by Freightliner at ACT Expo was developed in collaboration with UPS. The new Cascadia day cab is equipped with a Cummins Westport ISX12N Near Zero (NZ) NOx natural gas engine and Eaton Fuller Advantage Series Automated Manual transmission, which, when combined with the model’s sleek aerodynamic design, can result in fuel efficiency gains of up to 3 percent compared to similarly spec’d original Cascadia CNG truck models.
The ISX12N meets the California Air Resources Board Low NOx standard of 0.02g/bhb-hr, a 90% reduction from engines operating at current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NOx limit of 0.2 g/bhb-hr.
“By partnering with companies like UPS to pilot innovations such as the new Cascadia CNG truck, we can continuously evaluate and enhance our products,” says Kelly Gedert, director of product marketing, Freightliner Trucks and Detroit Components. “Our proven experience in developing alternative fuel technologies for applications ranging from long hauls to vocational jobs demonstrates our commitment to environmentally sustainable solutions that increase productivity and efficiency for our customers.”
Daimler’s commitment to green technologies is part of its global “Shaping Future Transportation” initiative. Launched in 2007, the initiative reduces criteria pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption through the use of clean, efficient drive systems, including clean diesel and alternative fuels.