Clean Drive Technologies
Combine our efficient, clean drive systems with alternative fuels and you see the road ahead is powered by emission-free commercial vehicles. Our goal in developing these technologies is to drastically reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions in commercial vehicles of all classes.
Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and BlueTec® Emissions Technology are the clean drive systems that help our heavy-duty trucks exceed EPA standards while remaining cost-efficient, practical and proven for years to come. When combined with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and our advanced aerodynamic designs, these emissions technologies help our trucks achieve better fuel efficiency than ever before.
BlueTec® has proven to:
- Increase performance with every drop of diesel
- Reduce more pollutants from exhaust gases
- Improve profitability from every mile covered
Paired with Detroit’s proven family of engines, you’ll efficiently meet and exceed emissions requirements. BlueTec® Emissions Technology treats the exhaust gases, requiring no complex changes under the hood. The resulting emissions—nitrogen and water—are safe elements already in the air we breathe.
Natural gas is one of the most abundant, efficient and clean-burning fuels on earth. Compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) have greenhouse gas (GHG) levels up to 20% below those of diesel fuel. With the rising cost of diesel, the comparatively inexpensive price of natural gas reduces operating costs. Combined with federal and state tax incentives, natural gas truly becomes a smart business decision.
Freightliner Trucks’ natural-gas-powered truck models, the Business Class® M2 112 and vocational 114SD, can be specified to utilize the Cummins Westport ISL G engine, a spark-ignited natural gas engine that shares a common bloc with Cummins’ ISL diesel engine. The ISL G uses stoichiometric-cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (SEGR) combustion, leveraging proven technology to create a high-performance natural gas engine. Available to handle both CNG, in a variety of axle configurations for nearly every local haul and vocational application, as well as in LNG, the ISL G offers other advantages as well, including a maintenance-free aftertreatment system with a three-way passive catalyst. As a result, there are no additional aftertreatment devices. Customers can also feel confident knowing that Freightliner offers the only factory-installed and warranted natural gas solution in a conventional truck.
Hybrid technologies, combining a diesel and electric motor, are an important part of the Freightliner Trucks strategy for sustainable mobility. Based on lessons learned from practical trials, our engineers opted for the parallel hybrid drive as the system of choice. Parallel hybrid drives allow the vehicle to be powered by the diesel engine or electric motor, separately or in tandem, depending on the vehicle type and driving situation.
The Business Class® Freightliner M2 106 Hybrid uses the Eaton parallel-electric hybrid system, which provides additional power to launch the vehicle and improves fuel economy in stop-and-go operations. The hybrid-electric system recovers the energy normally lost during braking—up to 44kW, or 60 hp—and stores that energy in its lithium ion batteries.
Stored energy from the hybrid batteries can also power electric-only operation for electronic Power Take-Off (ePTO) use, such as running a utility lift. Using ePTO significantly reduces idle time and provides fuel savings of up to 60%.
We understand the importance of transporting goods and people within a globally connected economy while keeping it sustainable and safe as possible for future generations. We are proud to take on this challenge by providing this foundation for economic growth in societies across the world with our goal of creating the emission-free commercial vehicle. We call this initiative, “Shaping Future Transporation”.
Our mission is to conserve resources, reduce all types of emissions, and promote economic growth while ensuring safe, efficient transportation options. With more than $2 billion and a decade of human resources invested, we’re mass producing vehicles with alternative drives systems that are undergoing practical customer trials. We’re well on our way to proving that business interests and social responsibility can co-exist within emission-free commercial vehicles and sustainable transportation.