Freightliner has Started Production of Cascadia Natural Gas Sleepers

cq5dam.thumbnail.319.319Freightliner Trucks has started production of additional features for the Freightliner Cascadia® natural gas-powered tractor. The Meritor WABCO OnGuard™ Collision Safety System is now available on Cascadia natural gas-powered tractors spec’d with a manual transmission.  The Cascadia natural gas tractor is now also available with a 48-inch sleeper cab, and factory-installed compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks.

The Cascadia is equipped with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine and 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.

Freightliner Trucks’ director of product marketing said, “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.  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.”

Since 2008, Freightliner Trucks has sold more 3,000 natural gas-powered trucks and tractors. Freightliner’s commitment to green technologies is part of parent company Daimler AG’s global “Shaping Future Transportation” initiative. The initiative was launched in 2007 and 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.

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