Daimler reaches 1,000th natural gas truck milestone

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has become the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to deliver its 1,000th natural gas truck, the company announced this week.

DTNA turned over the key to the truck, a Freightliner M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) truck with a Cummins Westport ISL G engine, to customer Ryder System during a ceremony to commemorate the milestone at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

The Freightliner M2 112 CNG truck is powered by a Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9 liter engine, the only one of its kind that is a factory-produced, dedicated natural gas engine. The landmark vehicle was manufactured at DTNA’s plant in Mt. Holly, N.C.  

“With our 1,000th natural gas truck, DTNA solidifies its position as the market leader in alternative fuel options,” said Mark Lampert, senior vice-president of sales and marketing for DTNA. “This achievement is unmatched in the commercial vehicle industry, and we are proud to be pacing the industry in natural gas and sustainable green technologies.”

“DTNA’s 1,000th natural gas truck is an important milestone and a strong example of our dedication to manufacturing high-performance, low-emission vehicles that help our customers save on fuel costs,” said Bob Carrick, vocational sales manager, natural gas Freightliner Trucks for Daimler Trucks North America. “These vehicles not only save our customers money, they also provide air quality benefits in the communities where they are deployed.”

Upon formally accepting the vehicle from DTNA, Scott Perry, vice-president of supply management for Ryder Fleet Management Solutions said: “As a leader in commercial transportation and logistics, Ryder is leveraging its unique ability to influence and reach a broad, diverse customer base to improve access to alternative fuels such as natural gas. Working closely with industry partners like Freightliner enables us to continue to offer our customers new vehicle technologies that are reliable, cost-effective, and that help them realize their sustainable transportation goals.”

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