Freightliner Trucks has introduced the Cascadia—a new Class 8 truck for on-highway applications that offers a 3% improvement in fuel economy over earlier models.
|The Freightliner Cascadia.|
To achieve the efficiency improvement, Freightliner spent more than one million engineering hours, including 2,500 hours in a full scale wind tunnel, on the truck’s its development. It is the first truck built and engineered using Freightliner LLC’s wind tunnel—the only testing facility in the world built specifically for Class 8 vehicles.
The Cascadia was designed to easily accept EPA ’07 emission engines and adapt with little change to the new EPA ’10 standards. Its expandable DaimlerChrysler-engineered electronic platform can accommodate the technology. Plus, the Cascadia was built to be optimized with the all-new EPA ’10-ready Detroit Diesel heavy-duty engine family, the first of which will debut later this year.
Other fuel-saving features on the Cascadia include a fully integrated, battery-powered auxiliary HVAC system and an engine cooling system that minimizes engine fan and air-conditioning compressor on-time.
Freightliner LLC produces and markets Class 3-8 trucks and is a part of DaimlerChrysler’s Truck Group.