As one of a pair of Freightliner’s flagship semi trucks, the Cascadia bears the fruit of Freightliner’s many innovations.
Aside perks like BlueTec emissions systems and patented diagnostics, the Cascadia is also the framework for prototype technologies. When Freightliner launched a cooperative project with the Department of Energy to create a hybrid semi truck engine, the design was based on the Cascadia.
The technology was impressive in its initial tests, more than doubling the average diesel mileage of Cascadia-sized semi trucks. There seemed a ways to go before the technology would be picked up commercially and used, but it proved to have paved the way faster than expectations. Hybrid engine lines are available in various Freightliner model semi trucks now, including the M2e Hybrid for typical business class applications.
But hybrid engine technology also saves time as well as money. Apart from fuel savings, the new hybrid engines do not need to idle nearly as long for ideal running conditions as typical diesel engines. In the case of the M2e, idle times are reduced 87%. That time idling, waiting for the truck to be ready, is lost from a productivity standpoint.
Cascadia’s Class 8 Power
Being a class 8 truck means the Cascadia is large an ready to tackle the big jobs. But with flexible engine options, owners can equip the truck for whatever it will primarily be used for. If it’s mostly going to be a highway truck, more fuel efficient engines may be more appropriate. If it’s going through work zones and will be hauling heavy cargo, though, the Cascadia can be equipped with larger Detroit Diesel engines for the muscle to walk through any job.
The Cascadia Evolution brings the maximum in cab space with a roomy interior, sleeping area, ample storage space, and heavy insulation to block out road noise. This makes it the ultimate semi truck for long hauls. If you’ve ever had to stop for rest in a cramped space and groggily get back on the road after, you can appreciate the benefit here.
Some trucks focus mostly on being huge or being fuel efficient. That’s well and good, but with the Cascadia you’re getting the latest in Freightliner’s semi truck innovation. Things like hybrid engines may be becoming more common now, but operators can be sure that any late model Cascadia they drive will bear the most features of any other heavy semi truck.
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