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Daimler Trucks NA Delivers 1,000th Natural Gas Truck

Without much fanfare, Daimler Trucks in North America has been doing its share to promote fuel and emissions efficiency. It was only the announcement that the 1,000th Freightliner truck had been delivered that made us sit up and take notice. Notably, Daimler Trucks North America is the first commercial truck manufacturer to have been able to sustain such steady volume production. It’s indicative of the fact that the division’s customers have accepted natural gas as a viable and reliable substitute to the mainstream diesel fuel that normally powers such trucks. This 1,000th truck is a medium-duty Freightliner Business Class M2 112, powered by a Cummins Westport ISL G engine.  Owing… Continue Reading »

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Bernie Towns and Speedriven Outs CNG-Powered 800+ HP SL 600, Guns for Speed Record

Most of the time, when speaking about green cars, people have this image of high-mileage but slow-moving vehicles coasting across the city streets. Of course, that’s not the case when Bernie Towns and the folks over at Speedriven are involved, however. The crew is currently tweaking a 2007 SL 600 Roadster, with a current output of over 800 horsepower and something in excess of 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque produced by the beating 5.5-liter twin-turbo V12 power plant and amazingly running on natural gas. Towns, who works as an engineer at Houston, Texas based HighMount Exploration and Production, is a green-car enthusiast and a self-proclaimed “horsepower addict.” Hence the aim of… Continue Reading »

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CNG buses a hit in Los Angeles, California

Orders keep coming for low emission trucks and buses at Daimler Trucks North America and Daimler Buses. Around 130 compressed natural gas (CNG) school buses were ordered from Thomas Built Buses—Daimler Truck North America’s school bus manufacturer—alone. That figure is actually the biggest ever purchase of CNG buses for Daimler. You might be wondering who purchased such a huge order. The answer to that is the Los Angeles Unified School District. The CNG buses should be all be delivered by the fourth quarter of this year. It leaves little surprise that the transportation services division of LAUSD only entertains bidding for buses that run on alternative fuel sources. Right now,… Continue Reading »

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Would you buy a Natural Gas-Powered Mercedes-Benz B-Class?

While Mercedes-Benz has been working on bringing the B-Class to the U.S. market for over 3 years now, but the project was never realized. Mercedes-Benz may be stepping up efforts again with a new initiative – a natural gas-powered B-Class for the US consumers. They will be displaying a natural gas-powered vehicle at the Washington Auto Show this week. “We’re testing the market,” said William Craven, general manager of regulatory affairs for Daimler’s Washington, D.C. office. Craven told Automotive News that Mercedes-Benz already sells a version of the B-Class in Europe that can run on gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). The company is displaying one of those CNG B-class… Continue Reading »

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