Freightliner Trucks announced that the Cascadia has been designated as SmartWay-certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.

SmartWay is a voluntary program for the transportation industry that establishes incentives for fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Trucks that earn the SmartWay designation can be 10 to 20 percent more fuel efficient and up to 90 percent cleaner than comparable models.

Cascadia marks the third Freightliner Class 8 truck - along with the Columbia and Century Class S/T - to earn this certification.

Freightliner offers spec packages that make it easy for fleets and owner-operators to participate in the SmartWay program. To be SmartWay-certified, trucks must feature an engine that is model year 2007 or newer; fuel-tank side fairings on the tractor; integrated cab-high roof fairing; tractor-mounted cab side extenders; aerodynamic mirrors and bumpers; and low rolling-resistance tires.

Customers must also spec their vehicles with auxiliary power units or other idle-reduction technology, such as Freightliner's battery-powered NITE anti-idling system. Freightliner also is introducing the factory-installed RestSmart APU system, which is based on Thermo King's technology.