DeKalb County, GA, has ordered 24 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks to add to its fleet.
The vehicles will operate in sanitation and maintenance applications, the county said.
The county will power the trucks through its methane gas-to-energy process, which was launched earlier this year. The program converts landfill waste to useable natural gas and produces enough electricity to run 2,500 homes. There will be enough natural gas to power 600 trucks, the county said.
“We take environmental responsibility very seriously, and we are very proud of all our green initiatives,” said Robert Gordon, fleet service superintendent, DeKalb County fleet management division. “That’s why, when we decided to take the next step and green our fleet, we turned to Freightliner trucks.”
The M2 112 CNG trucks are powered by a Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9L engine and feature a maintenance-free three-way catalyst.
“From the very beginning, the Freightliner team exceeded all of our expectations. We worked closely with Peach State Freightliner and a team of engineers to pre-build our trucks – down to placing every single nut and bolt – so we know exactly what we’ll get before the first truck rolls off the line,” said Gordon. “We’re expecting a high-quality product, and with Freightliner Trucks, we know we will be ready to go.”
DeKalb County will take delivery of the trucks later this year.