Freightliner 114SD CNG/LNG - gentle tough guy
This is not the first time the 114SD has been available with natural gas power – it has been offered with Cummins Westport's ISL G 9-litre engine since 2011. With the new unit, displacing 12 litres, fleet operators will still enjoy their savings, while drivers should appreciate the improved power and torque figures. Meanwhile, the 114SD will join other methane-powered trucks in Freightliner's line-up – the M2 112 and the Cascadia 113.
The ISX12 G engine fitted to the new 'Liner is rated at 400 horsepower and 1450 pound-feet (1967 Nm) of torque. It runs on either compressed or liquefied natural gas (CNG or LNG), depending on the type of tanks used (pressure or cryogenic). As standard, the 114SD is offered with back-of-cab CNG tanks in 60 and 75 diesel-gallon-equivalent configurations. The vehicle has been built on Freightliner’s severe-duty frame, designed for a wide range of demanding applications. It's underpinned by a chassis engineered for ease and versatility of body upfit and is available with a broad variety of rear suspensions and frame options.
Since 2008, Freightliner has to date sold more than 3500 CNG/LNG-powered trucks and tractors, so it's little of a surprise that the range is being broadened. Freightliner declares the 114SD is "not only environmentally friendly, but durable, productive and powerful”, so it should easily find a number of devoted fans among cost- and environment-conscious fleet managers across the US.
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