Freightliner models selected for EPA’s SmartWay program

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Freightliner Trucks announced today, April 10, that two of its 2008 models – the Columbia and Century Class S/T – have been selected by the Environmental Protection Agency as fuel-saving vehicles worthy of its SmartWay designation. In conjunction with this announcement, Freightliner also is rolling out two new spec packages that allow operators to take advantage of the fuel and emissions savings as laid out by the SmartWay program.

By establishing specific guidelines for fuel economy improvements and emissions reductions, SmartWay aims to reduce carbon dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulate matter emissions. Trucks that earn the SmartWay designation can be 10 to 20 percent more fuel-efficient and up to 90 percent cleaner than comparable models.

“We continue to utilize resources – like our industry-first Class 8 wind tunnel – that allow us to make design and aerodynamic improvements,” says Timothy Blubaugh, director of government technical affairs for Portland, Ore.-based Freightliner. “This research, along with our participation in programs like SmartWay, is why Freightliner is the right choice for fleet owners and operators who need an efficient business solution.”

In order to be designated SmartWay-eligible, tractors must feature an aerodynamic design, a 2007 engine, a sleeper, side fairings and low rolling-resistance tires. Also, customers must spec their vehicles with auxiliary power units or other idle-reduction technology. Customers with SmartWay-eligible vehicles that meet idle-reduction requirements can display a SmartWay badge on their vehicles.

The SmartWay Century Class S/T and Columbia 120 both come with a Bergstrom Nite or an Idle Solutions APU as options for meeting the idle-reduction requirements. They also come with a 70-inch Raised Roof SleeperCab. “These trucks aren’t just compliant with EPA ’07 emissions standards,” Blubaugh says. “They’re recognized by the EPA to be the cleanest and most fuel-efficient trucks on the road. By assembling these spec packages, we’re making it easy to participate in the SmartWay program.”

For more information about the SmartWay program, go to www.epa.gov/smartway.