Con-way Freight, a North American less-than-truckload hauler, has debuted Freightliner Cascadia 113 day cabs that feature Cummins Westport's 11.9-liter ISX12 G natural gas engine. These trucks will operate in Con-way Freight's Texas service territory.
The company first rolled out Freightliner compressed natural gas-powered tractors in 2011. These units, which were pilot-tested in the Chicago area, were powered by Cummins Westport's 8.9-liter ISL G engine.
‘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,’ says Randy Mullett, Con-way's vice president of government relations and public affairs.
‘As the infrastructure matures and the units become more cost-competitive, we expect the opportunities for expanded use will increase,’ he adds.
Freightliner started manufacturing CNG-powered Cascadia 113s in August 2013. Con-way Freight's tractors are the first such day cabs with factory-installed compressed CNG tanks to be deployed anywhere, the company says.