Freightliner snags 100 unit CNG order

Jason Cannon

September 9, 2013

Freightliner Trucks says Central Freight Lines, Inc. will add 100 2014 Freightliner M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors equipped with Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engines to its fleet of more than 1,600 trucks.

Headquartered in Waco, Texas, Central Freight Lines is a less-than-truckload (LTL) general commodities carrier with a network of 51 terminals throughout the Southwest.

Don Orr, president and CEO of Central Freight Lines says his company is partnering to build new CNG stations in Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio as a result of the decision to convert the fleet to CNG technology. Central Freight Lines also considered the opportunity to reduce dependency on foreign fuels and support a clean-air policy as it supplemented its current fleet with CNG.

“We are committed to energy conservation and a cleaner environment,” said Orr. “In 2012, we purchased CNG tractors that have been servicing the Houston area with proven efficiencies. As a result, we decided to continue investing in CNG tractors, specifically Freightliner trucks because of their reliability and the company’s customer support.”

Central Freight Lines was able to take advantage of a Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) program that gives participants the opportunity to trade a less-efficient truck towards a cost reduction on each new CNG-fueled truck purchased.

The Freightliner M2 112 can be spec’d for between 260 and 320 horsepower and up to 1,000 lb-ft of torque.

“We like Freightliner trucks for their quality. They provide superior uptime and we get maximum utility over a long period. We also appreciate the dealer network. It’s supportive and professional,” Orr says.

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