Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced the delivery of its 1,000th natural gas truck on November 7th, 2011. DTNA turned over the keys to the first Freightliner M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) truck with a Cummins Westport ISL G engine to customer Ryder System, Inc. during a ceremony to commemorate the milestone in Anaheim, California. DTNA is the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to achieve this milestone. No other truck manufacturer has yet met a 1,000th natural gas vehicle milestone.
Also on display at the ceremony were different configurations of DTNA natural gas trucks. This included Sysco Foods Services of Los Angeles which had a Freightliner M2 112 LNG powered tractor on display. Sysco Foods Services of Los Angeles already operates more than 80 LNG trucks in its Southern California fleet, as well as an LNG refueling station. Half of the 1000 natural gas trucks produced by DTNA have been LNG fueled trucks.
"DTNA's 1,000th natural gas truck is an important milestone and a strong example of our dedication to manufacturing high-performance, low-emission vehicles that help our customers save on fuel costs," said Bob Carrick, vocational sales manager, natural gas Freightliner trucks for Daimler Trucks North America. "These vehicles not only save our customers money, they also provide air quality benefits in the communities where they are deployed."
DTNA's commitment to green technologies is part of parent company Daimler AG's global "Shaping Future Transportation" initiative. Launched in 2007, the initiative is focused on reducing criteria pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption through the utilization of clean, efficient drive systems and alternative fuels.
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