Daimler Trucks North America delivered its 1,000th natural gas truck. It says it's the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to achieve such a milestone.

DTNA turned over the key to its 1,000th natural gas truck, the first Freightliner M2 112 compressed natural gas truck with a Cummins Westport ISL G engine, to customer Ryder System during a ceremony to commemorate the milestone at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

The 1,000th Freightliner natural gas vehicle was manufactured at DTNA's plant in Mt. Holly, N.C.

Daimler says natural gas truck technology offers many economic and environmental benefits without sacrificing performance. In addition, natural gas vehicles offer tremendous fuel cost saving potential with natural gas fuel costs 30% to 40% less than diesel, based on current prices. Natural gas vehicles also produce significantly lower amounts of harmful emissions, cancer-causing pollutants, and greenhouse gases.

Upon formally accepting the vehicle from DTNA, Scott Perry, vice president, supply management, Ryder Fleet Management Solutions, commented, "Working closely with industry partners like Freightliner enables us to continue to offer our customers new vehicle technologies that are reliable, cost-effective, and that help them realize their sustainable transportation goals."

Note: This story CORRECTED 11/9/2011 to reflect corrected information from the manufacturer on the model of the truck, which was a Freightliner M2 112 CNG truck, not a Freightliner 114SD.