Freightliner Trucks announced that its new 114 Severe Duty (SD) set-back axle (SBA) truck will be available with natural gas technology. Designed for severe duty segments such as construction and other markets, the new 114SD SBA is a lightweight yet durable truck targeted at heavy-duty vocational applications.
The 114SD SBA natural gas truck expands Freightliner’s alternative fuel product offerings. The company already offers the industry’s only turn-key conventional chassis natural gas solutions, and along with units sold under the Sterling brand, will have more than 1,000 trucks in customer hands by the end of 2011.
Designed for vocational and municipal customers such as dump, refuse and sewer vacs, the factory-built 114SD SBA natural gas truck will include the lightweight Cummins ISLG natural gas engine. The truck will also be equipped with the Allison 3000RDS transmission, which includes patented torque converter technology that results in improved startability at the launch of the vehicle, full power shifts, and a better performing engine.
Natural gas is quickly becoming the fuel of choice for the refuse market, and has started to gain traction with municipal customers. Based on our conversations with customers in other vocational segments, there’s an increased interest in natural gas, particularly with the recent spike in the price of diesel fuel.—TJ Reed, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks
Production will begin on the natural gas 114SD SBA in December 2011.