DAILY NEWS Nov 29, 2012 1:53 PM - 0 comments

Freightliner to showcase new natural gas-powered Cascadia on N.A. tour

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Freightliner Trucks is now offering a customer demonstrator program for its all-new Cascadia 113 natural gas day cab. Five demonstrator tractors will be available to allow customers in Canada and the US to have direct access to the new product, Freightliner said during an announcement today at the American Trucking Associations’ Summit on Natural Gas in Trucking.

Equipped with the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine, the Allison 4000HS transmission, and 115 diesel gallon equivalent compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks, the Cascadia 113 natural gas tractor is designed for regional haul and less-than-truckload applications.

The 12-litre ISX12 G natural gas engine is based on the Cummins ISX12 diesel heavy-duty engine platform and will operate on either CNG or liquefied natural gas (LNG). It features ratings of 400 hp and 1,450 lb-ft torque, optional engine brake, and manual and automatic transmission capability.

“Natural gas products can result in significant fuel cost savings, making it a smart choice for increasing profitability while benefitting the environment,” said TJ Reed, director of product strategy for Freightliner Trucks. “By providing our customers with the opportunity to test drive a Cascadia 113 natural gas, they’ll experience first-hand the performance and efficiency of an alternative fuel solution.”

Full production on the Cascadia 113 natural gas will begin in the third quarter of 2013. For more information, visit www.freightlinertrucks.com.

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