DTNA to place 600+ alternative-drive trucks into fleets

  • 11-Sep-2009 08:49 EDT
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Daimler Trucks North America’s new natural-gas-powered truck, the Freightliner Business Class M2 112 NG, is especially suited for harbor and municipal use.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program for the production and sale of more than 600 Freightliner-brand trucks equipped with hybrid and natural-gas drive systems. DTNA will participate in at least seven program awards representing $32.9 million in funding to be applied toward the purchase and support of 638 such vehicles by several national fleet operators. The vehicles will include Freightliner Business Class M2e 106 hybrid-electric trucks and tractors, and Freightliner Business Class M2 112 natural-gas trucks in CNG (compressed natural gas) and LNG (liquid natural gas) variants. Also in the program are chassis manufactured by Freightliner Chassis Corp. for electric-hybrid, hydraulic-hybrid, and natural-gas-powered walk-in vans. Eaton is the hybrid component supplier. The DOE is providing almost $100 million through the Clean Cities program, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that went into effect in February.

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