Con-way Freight has started to add Freightliner Cascadia natural gas-powered trucks to its fleet, according to Freightliner parent Daimler Trucks North America.
The trucks will operate in Texas as Con-way Freight evaluates how they operate in real-world fleet operations, DTNA said in a Dec. 23 statement. They are the first Cascadia day cab trucks to feature factory-installed compressed natural gas tanks.
“Freightliner has been an excellent partner as we have explored how natural gas-powered trucks fare in our operating environment,” Randy Mullett, Con-way’s vice president of government relations and public affairs, said in the DTNA statement. “These new units will allow us to expand our knowledge base, particularly with respect to how the larger CNG-powered engines perform in our line-haul network.”
DTNA started production on the trucks in August 2013. They feature Cummins Westport ISX 12 G engines.
Con-way Freight has used medium-duty Freightliners with 8.9-liter Cummins Westport engines since 2011 in the Chicago area, DTNA said.