VAC-CON, Freightliner develop turnkey NG truck with vacuum body

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Freightliner Trucks announced that it has delivered a turnkey natural gas truck upfitted with a vacuum body. Developed in collaboration with VAC-CON, the Freightliner Business Class M2 112V Compressed Natural Gas truck also will be equipped with a CNG-powered auxiliary-mounted engine that powers the truck’s water system.

Jacksonville, Fla.-based VAC-CON provides combination sewer cleaners to municipal and private markets throughout the world. Its combination cleaners combine high-pressure water and vacuum systems to effectively clean both sanitary and storm drainage infrastructure.

“There’s a tremendous green movement happening now, and our customers are looking to us to provide efficient products with alternative fuel options,” says Tom Jody, marketing manager for VAC-CON. “From the beginning, the team at Freightliner Trucks had a genuine interest in this concept, and in its success.”

The truck will include an Allison 3000RDS transmission, which includes proprietary torque converter technology designed for improved startability at the launch of the vehicle, full power shifts and a better performing engine. The Freightliner M2 112V also features a 2,500 -square-inch windshield for enhanced visibility; added maneuverability; and a roomy interior to enhance driver comfort.

“VAC-CON strives to provide our customers with the best blend of cleaning equipment and chassis, and because our focus is on the cleaning equipment, it makes our relationship with Freightliner Trucks extremely important,” Jody says. “The CNG project was truly a partnership, and we look forward to continuing our work with Freightliner to further refine this and other natural gas products.”