Wal-Mart buys 300 Freightliner Cascadias with DD15 engines

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Daimler Trucks North America announced Wednesday, June 18, that Wal-Mart Stores has purchased 300 Freightliner Cascadia trucks equipped with Detroit Diesel DD15 engines. Delivery of the Cascadia 60-inch XT sleepers to Wal-Mart is slated to begin in September.

DTNA says the Cascadia and the DD15 met Wal-Mart’s specific criteria for reliability, fuel economy, durability and serviceability. Two Cascadias equipped with DD15 engines were tested within Wal-Mart’s fleet prior to the purchase.

“Wal-Mart is committed to making its private fleet 25 percent more efficient by the end of 2008,” says Jeff Byrne, senior director of purchasing and fleet maintenance for the Transportation Division at Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart. “We are constantly evaluating new technology and new innovation as we look for additional ways to improve our fleet’s efficiency and reduce our company’s carbon footprint.”

DTNA says the DD15 achieves its fuel-efficiency, power and performance goals through the application of a new amplified common rail system, as well as turbo compounding technology. With its combination of exhaust gas recirculation and a particulate filter for reduced emissions, the DD15 is designed to meet the upcoming Environmental Protection Agency 2010 standards with a downstream selective catalytic reduction (SCR) device that optimizes fuel efficiency while reducing harmful NOx emissions.

“The Cascadia and the DD15 are a powerful pairing of aerodynamic truck and fuel-efficient engine,” says Mark Lampert, senior vice president of sales for Portland, Ore.-based DTNA. “Daimler Trucks North America is committed to designing and engineering groundbreaking technologies that benefit our customers.”