Waco, Texas-based Central Freight Lines has added 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors to its fleet of more than 1,600. Central is a less-than-truckload general commodities carriers. The 2014 Freightliner M2 112 CNG tractors are powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine.
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. The company took advantage of a Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) program that gives participants the opportunity to trade a less-efficient truck towards a cost reduction on each new CNG-fueled truck purchased.
“We are committed to energy conservation and a cleaner environment,” said Orr. “In 2012, we purchased CNG tractors that have been servicing the Houston area with proven efficiencies. As a result, we decided to continue investing in CNG tractors, specifically Freightliner trucks because of their reliability and the company’s customer support.”
The Freightliner M2 112 with natural gas can be spec’d for between 260 and 320 horsepower and up to 1,000 lb-ft of torque.
“We like Freightliner trucks for their quality. They provide superior uptime and we get maximum utility over a long period. We also appreciate the dealer network. It’s supportive and professional,” said Orr.