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Paper Transport saving $1/gallon with CNG-powered Freightliners

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Freightliner has reported two compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Business Class M2s operated by Paper Transport are saving the fleet more than $1/gallon in fuel costs as they reach the 130,000-mile mark.


Paper Transport is saving $1/gallon in fuel with its two CNG-powered Freightliners.
Paper Transport is saving $1/gallon in fuel with its two CNG-powered Freightliners.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Freightliner has reported two compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Business Class M2s operated by Paper Transport are saving the fleet more than $1/gallon in fuel costs as they reach the 130,000-mile mark.

Paper Transport uses the two natural gas Freightliners on a route between Green Bay and Chicago.

“Fuel is the largest cost in our business, so being able to save that amount of money makes a big difference to our bottom line,” said Jeff Shefchik, president, Paper Transport. “In fact, that’s why we’ve just recently added five additional Freightliner CNG-powered trucks to our fleet.”

The natural gas-powered Freightliners have Allison automatic transmissions. While their engines are smaller, Shefchik said the CNG trucks are popular with drivers.

“Lowering our fuel costs and benefiting the environment were the initial selling points of the CNG trucks, however, our drivers also really appreciate the M2 112’s comfort and visibility,” said Shefchik. “And, even though these trucks have smaller engines, their power has been great.”

He also said the trucks have not experienced any problems related to startability or fuel gelling in cold weather.


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