Owner/operator putting CNG Freightliner Cascadia through its paces

PORTLAND, Ore. — Are natural gas-powered trucks viable for owner/operators? A Team Run Smart O/O from southern California plans to find out.

Team Run Smart member Jimmy Nevarez has received a Freightliner Cascadia 113 CNG tractor he’ll operate in SoCal, while blogging about his experiences on the Freightliner-affiliated www.TeamRunSmart.com Web site.

Nevarez is a Team Run Smart Pro, meaning he shares his wisdom and experiences as an owner/operator with others via the Web site. He owns Angus Transportation and has been trucking for 12 years.

“Driving the Freightliner natural gas tractor appeals to me for a number of reasons,” said Nevarez. “Based on my initial estimates, using natural gas will save me several thousands of dollars every year, which as an owner/operator has an immediate impact on my business. Plus, I like that it’s a clean fuel that will leave a better future for my family.” 

The Cascadia will be powered by the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine. The truck will carry 140 diesel gallon equivalents of fuel, allowing for 500-600 miles between fill-ups.

“We’re excited for Jimmy to experience a natural gas-powered Cascadia 113, and to give the trucking community his impressions with the technology through his blog on TeamRunSmart.com,” said Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “The Cascadia 113 CNG tractor is a smart alternative for business-minded professionals who are seeking sustainable solutions without compromising power and performance.”

You can read about his experience with the truck at www.TeamRunSmart.com.

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