Central Freight Lines Inc. has added 100 2014 Freightliner M2 112 compressed natural gas 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 general commodities carrier and has a network that consists of 51 terminals throughout the Southwest.
According to Don Orr, president and CEO, Central Freight Lines 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.
Additionally, Central Freight Lines was able to take advantage of a Texas Emissions Reduction Plan 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 with natural gas offers superior maneuverability and visibility with the ability to reduce fuel costs and exhaust emissions. It can be spec’d for between 260 and 320 horsepower and up to 1,000 pounds-feet of torque.
Clean Energy Fuels announced a new Zero Now Financing program that makes the cost of purchasing a new natural gas heavy-duty truck equalizes to the price with a similarly equipped diesel truck.