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TEST DRIVE: Freightliner’s NatGas Cascadia

Jason Cannon September 19, 2013

Freightliner says it has sold more than 15,000 of its aerodynamically engineered Cascadia Evolution tractors.

Recently, Jack Roberts, Executive Editor for our sister publication, CCJ, took one for a spin, but this truck had a twist; it was outfitted with the natural gas ISX12 G engine.

“Hauling a tad more than 50,000 pounds, I found acceleration, cruising and passing to be no problem,” Roberts recalls of his drive. “Thanks to 400 natural gas horses coming out of the ISX12 G in front of me and an optimized Allison 4000 Series automatic transmission putting that power to the drive axle, there was no need to wring my hands about the “power deficit” you hear people talk about when it comes to natural gas. Configure the truck properly, and…drivers will have no problem reaching and remaining at highway speeds.”

Click here to read Roberts’ recap of his drive through the California wine country.

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