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Freightliner Unveils First Natural Gas-Powered Truck

Freightliner has made its first foray into the natural gas-powered truck market with a new Business Class M2 112 NG.


Freightliner has made its first foray into the natural gas-powered truck market with a new Business Class M2 112 NG.

The truck is best suited for port operations, natural gas utilities and municipalities, the truck maker announced. It’s powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G liquefied natural gas engine. Freightliner estimates the truck can reduce yearly fuel costs by about US$6,000.

“The M2 112 is a versatile and hardworking truck, and adding a natural gas option only enhances its efficiency,” said Melissa Clausen, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks.

The 8.9-litre ISL G engine is available with up to 320 hp and is already EPA2010- compliant with no need for exhaust aftertreatment.

Later this year, Freightliner said it will come out with a compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the same truck, followed by a CNG-powered single axle tractor, 4×2 and 6×2 truck and vocational configurations.


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