Fuel Efficiency

Spend Less, Make More

The math is simple: the less you spend on fuel, the more money you make. When your fleet is traveling hundreds of thousands of miles every year, every gallon of fuel is significant to your bottom line.

Even a small truck adjustment can make a huge difference at the pump for our customers. When it comes to reducing a truck’s fuel consumption, the Freightliner team leaves no stone unturned.

Using the only OEM-owned, full-scale wind tunnel in North America for class-8 trucks, Freightliner engineers study how Freightliner models cut through the wind and constantly devise improvements to the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

In addition to the Freightliner team working to make our trucks more aerodynamic, engineers at Detroit are designing, engineering and manufacturing engines, transmissions and axles to work together as one Integrated Detroit™ Powertrain and reduce our trucks’ fuel consumption.

Only available with Freightliner, this level of advanced aerodynamics and integrated powertrain maximizes your fuel economy and lowers your RCO. 

As a result of our commitment to increasing our vehicle’s fuel economy, the Cascadia® Evolution achieves up to 7% better fuel economy than our first-generation EPA 2010-compliant Cascadia model.

Through world-class design and advanced aerodynamics, Freightliner trucks are some of the most fuel-efficient heavy-duty vehicles in the trucking industry. Reducing carbon emissions and improving the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks is key to the ongoing sustainability of the trucking industry. Engineering and producing more fuel-efficient trucks makes hauling freight more sustainable and helps our customers lower the cost of doing business.

The new Cascadia, available in 2017, is an excellent example of Freightliner’s steadfast dedication to producing one of the most fuel-efficient class-8 trucks on the road today.

The new Cascadia’s AeroX package of aerodynamic enhancements includes an aero bumper, a bumper-mounted air dam, redesigned hood and grille, airflow-deflecting mirrors, upper door seals, full chassis fairings with four-inch ground-clearance skirts, wheel covers, drive-wheel fairings and 24” side extenders.

Fuel efficiency was the primary motivation for improving on the previous Cascadia, and though engineering and design impacted many other facets of the truck, the ultimate goal of increasing fuel efficiency by eight percent was achieved in the new Cascadia.*

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* Based on Model Year 2016 Cascadia Evolution with an Integrated Detroit™ Powertrain (IDP) including a GHG14 DD15® engine, DT12™ automated manual transmission, Intelligent Powertrain Management (IPM) and 2.41 direct drive axle ratio.