Alternative fuel technologies also play a key role in DTNA's overall environmental strategy. As part of its commitment to sustainable product development, DTNA recently completed its first-ever CNG Cross Country Tour.
The L.A. to D.C. on CNG tour started in Long Beach, Calif., on May 17, 2012 and took a Freightliner Cascadia 113" BBC day cab equipped with the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine to Freightliner Trucks dealerships throughout the United States, ending in Washington, D.C. on May 24. The tractor – which hauled a 53' trailer loaded with 30,000 lbs. – was filled up with CNG every 250 miles at available public fueling stations (on average), with 450 miles being the longest distance between fill-ups, resulting in an estimated fuel cost savings of $700.*
"The CNG tour clearly demonstrated the ability to drive significant distances in a heavy-duty CNG-powered truck," said Daum. "DTNA is committed to forming strategic alliances to help create the infrastructure needed to establish environmentally sustainable solutions."
For more information, go to www.FreightlinerGreen.com.
*Fuel cost savings were based on a comparison of actual CNG fuel prices and diesel prices closest to the CNG filling location. The calculations also took into account a 15 percent estimated fuel economy degradation vs. diesel.