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Kenworth receives $8.6M in grants for low-emission T680 Day Cab drayage truck projects in California; hybrids, CNG hybrid and fuel cell

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Kenworth has been awarded three government grants totaling $8.6 —Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president.

Kenworth and Peterbilt to add heavy-duty Cummins Westport ISX12 G to line of natural gas engines

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Kenworth Truck Company and Peterbilt Motor Company will expanding their alternative fuel line-up by offering the Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy duty natural gas engine ( earlier post ) for use in regional haul, vocational and refuse markets. —Michelle Harry, Kenworth natural gas vehicle marketing manager. g/bhp-hr NO x and 0.01

FedEx Freight adds 100 Class 8 CNG tractors, CNG fueling station in Oklahoma City

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FedEx Freight contracted with Clean Energy Fuels Corp to design, build and maintain the fueling station. Brief

Kenworth and Peterbilt introduce more fuel-efficient Class 8 trucks

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Kenworth T680 Advantage. Kenworth says that the T680 Advantage can deliver up to a 5% fuel efficiency enhancement over a standard T680.

Kenworth offering Maxwell ultracap Engine Start Module as factory-installed option

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Kenworth will now offer the Maxwell Technologies ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) ( earlier post ) as a factory-installed option on new Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks. Kenworth dealers have offered the ESM as an aftermarket solution since 2011. The ESM replaces one Group 31 format battery in the truck. Brief

Capstone Turbine working with Kenworth and Peterbilt on heavy-duty microturbine range-extended trucks

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Capstone Turbine Corporation is working with domestic heavy duty truck manufacturers Kenworth and Peterbilt to demonstrate Class 7 and Class 8 microturbine range extended series hybrid trucks. Brief

Kenworth Expands Natural Gas Truck Line with T440 Powered by ISL G

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Kenworth Truck Company has expanded its natural gas truck line with the introduction of the Kenworth T440 natural gas model powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G engine. Now available for order, the new Kenworth T440 natural gas truck is focused on local and regional haul and vocational applications. rated tandem rear axles.

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Kenworth Adds Cummins Westport ISL G Natural Gas Engine to Product Line

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Kenworth Truck Company is expanding its product line with the introduction of the Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine for the Kenworth T800 short hood and W900S models. Now available for order, Kenworth's natural gas models are focused on vocational, municipal, and pickup and delivery applications. Earlier post.)

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Westport enhances flagship HD15L LNG engine for Class 8 trucking

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Automated manual transmission is now available in all Kenworth and Peterbilt configurations in North America for fleets that desire additional driver options. Westport Innovations Inc. announced a broad range of product enhancements in its 15-liter natural gas engine for Class 8 trucks: Higher horsepower and torque. Eaton Ultrashift Plus AMT.

NVIDIA working with PACCAR on self-driving technology for trucks

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NVIDIA is working with PACCAR, a leading global truck manufacturer, on developing solutions for autonomous vehicles. —PACCAR CEO Ron Armstrong

Veolia Environmental Services first fleet of CNG refuse trucks in Indiana

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Indiana-based manufacturer Autocar built the chassis for 20 of the trucks and Kenworth manufactured eight roll-off trucks for Veolia’s new fleet. Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc., Customers will notice the new trucks run approximately 15% (8-10 decibels) quieter than trucks powered with diesel engines. Brief

Coca-Cola Canada Expands Hybrid Truck Fleet

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The company will add 15 Kenworth hybrid single-axle tractors to its existing fleet of 20 side-bay trucks and two straight trucks. In March 2009, Coca-Cola Enterprises ordered 150 Kenworth T370 diesel-electric tractors and 35 Kenworth T370 hybrid trucks, all of which will be on the road this year. Earlier post.).

Westport unveils next-generation High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI 2.0) natural gas system for HD trucks

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Westport first-generation HPDI systems have been delivered on more than 1,200 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks since its first wide-scale introduction in 2010. In partnership with Peterbilt and Kenworth dealers, Westport will be able to offer compatible next-generation system features to existing customers, as some HPDI 2.0 HPDI 2.0

Peterbilt offering Maxwell’s ultracap ESM

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Kenworth began offering the ESM as a factory-installed option earlier in the year. Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announced that Peterbilt is now offering Maxwell’s ultracapacitor-powered Engine Start Module (ESM) on new Model 579 and 567 trucks as a factory-installed option. Earlier post.). Brief

NREL study finds Class 8 hybrid trucks delivered 13.7% higher fuel economy than conventional diesels in comparable usage

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Laboratory and in-use fuel economy comparison. Source: NREL. Click to enlarge. Eaton hybrid system schematic. Click to enlarge. vs. 24.3 vs. 1.5).

California Energy Commission awards more than $8.5M to bring natural gas- and propane-powered vehicles to California

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Kenworth Truck Company (Kirkland, Washington) is awarded $884,000 for the buy-down of 34 natural gas vehicles of 26,001 pounds and greater gross vehicle weight range. Kenworth is the original equipment manufacturer of the vehicles. The awards are funded by the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

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Clean Energy unveils LNG backbone network for America’s Natural Gas Highway; 150 LNG stations by end of 2013

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ANGH Route map shows initial phase of America‘s Natural Gas Highway. Click to enlarge. Clean Energy Fuels Corp., —Andrew J. Earlier post.).

UPS to invest $100M more in compressed natural gas, CNG vehicles and related infrastructure

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The new CNG tractors to be deployed in these cities will be manufactured by Kenworth. At UPS, we own our fleet and our infrastructure.

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AMP Americas in deal with two national dairy cooperatives to build 7 CNG fueling stations, bring in more Class 8 CNG trucks

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The stations, which will be built in Waco, Amarillo, Harrold, Sweetwater, Weatherford, Kerrville and Midland, will initially fuel forty new Class-8 Kenworth and Peterbilt CNG sleeper trucks, a number that will double over the course of the agreement. million miles per year, servicing routes throughout Texas. Brief

FedEx Freight debuts new LNG-only tractors in Dallas

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FedEx Freight has begun beta testing two new Kenworth T660 tractors powered by Cummins Westport ISX12 G liquefied natural gas (LNG)-only engines. Earlier post.) The extensive use will enable the company to quickly and thoroughly test the new engine’s ability to meet the needs of day-to-day operations. Brief

Westport Heavy-Duty LNG Engine Receives 2010 US EPA Certification

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Factory installation of the GX is available in both Kenworth and Peterbilt tractors. The Westport GX 2010 15L engine has been certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to 2010 emissions compliance—0.2 g/bhp-hr oxides of nitrogen (NO x ) and 0.01 g/bhp-hr particulate matter (PM)—without the use of emissions credits.

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Chevron introduces new category of heavy-duty motor oil for severe duty applications; improved fuel economy

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Delo 400 SD SAE 15W-30 will meet a range of OEM requirements for engine oil, including Kenworth MX, Peterbilt MX, Cummins, Mack and Volvo. Chevron Products Company, a Chevron USA Inc. In order for engines to last as long as they’re designed to, we need to reassess maintenance practices for this type of operations. Brief

New York City Department of Sanitation Testing Four Different Hybrid Trucks

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The vehicles under evaluation include a parallel hybrid electric diesel collector from Mack Trucks (a Volvo Group subsidiary); a series-hybrid and an hydraulic parallel hybrid collector ( earlier post ) from Crane Carrier; and the Kenworth T370 diesel-electric hybrid (for the rack truck). Earlier post.) Fuel savings are projected at 25%.

Eaton hybrid systems log 100M miles in service, reduce fuel consumption by 4M gallons

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Eaton Corporation announced that customers of its hybrid systems have collectively accumulated more than 100 million miles of service, reducing fuel consumption by 4 million gallons of diesel fuel and harmful emissions by 40,000 metric tons. Brief

Eaton Selects Compact Power / LG Chem to Supply Battery Technology for Hybrid Power Systems; Battery Cells to be Manufactured in Holland, Mich.

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Eaton hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and two hybrid hydraulic power systems are available or in development on truck models including DAF, Freightliner, Ford, International, Iveco, Kenworth, Mercedes-Benz and Peterbilt and on bus models from BCI, Foton, Heng Tong, JNP, King Long, Shen Long, Solaris, Yutong and Zhongtong.

Sprint CEO introduces new partners for Machine-to-Machine Connected Transportation initiative

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PACCAR, parent company of Peterbilt and Kenworth Class 5-8 commercial vehicles, is working with Sprint to introduce a new integrated mobile computing, telematics, navigation and business system, branded as SmartNav for Peterbilt and NavPlus for Kenworth. At Sprint, our vision goes beyond connecting millions of cars. —Dan Hesse.

Eaton Launches Hydraulic Hybrid Retrofit Program for Refuse Trucks

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The HLA system. Click to enlarge. The Refuse Retrofit Program will be offered through select qualified partners and installers. Regeneration.

Eaton Assisting Truck Fleet Owners in Applying For Government Diesel Hybrid Grants

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The Eaton hybrid system is available on truck models from International, Peterbilt, Kenworth and Freightliner. Eaton Corporation has established a program to assist diesel truck fleet owners in applying for the $156 million in grants for diesel hybrid trucks that are available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Odyne Systems delivers 7 plug-in hybrid work trucks through the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program

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the vehicles feature the first Odyne hybrid systems installed on Kenworth truck chassis and are the first to power Venturo corner mount cranes, which will be used in sign maintenance and to lift lighting as the county switches to more efficient LED lighting. Manufactured by DUECO, Inc. The Richland Center unit of Wisconsin Public Power, Inc.

UPS adds 48 more heavy-duty LNG tractor trucks to fleet; Westport HD System

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Manufactured by Kenworth, the LNG tractors are powered by Westport HD Systems and initially will pull trailers on a transit lane linking Ontario, Calif., UPS has purchased another 48 heavy tractor trucks equipped to run on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). and Las Vegas, Nev., along with UPS’s 11 existing LNG tractors. Fleets Heavy-duty LNG

Eaton and Western Michigan University Partner on Commercial and Military Hybrid Vehicles Research

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Eaton’s hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and two hybrid hydraulic power systems, parallel and series, are available or in development on truck models including International, Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, Iveco, DAF, Daimler, and Ford and on bus models from Foton, Zhongtong, Yutong, JNP, King Long, Shen Long, Heng Tong, BCI and Solaris.

Waste disposal goes green

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Finally, the Kenworth T370 diesel-electric hybrid is the first medium-duty hybrid truck to enter service. Smelly, unhygienic and definitely not green - that’s the typical perception of a waste disposal truck. It is also equipped with a 325hp Mack MP7 engine and uses a selective catalytic reduction exhaust after-treatment technology.

Study Concludes That Class 8 Truck Fuel Consumption Could Be Reduced By Up to 50% By 2017 Using Existing and Emerging Technologies; Current Payback Requirements Could Forestall Implementation

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Once the baseline truck and engine was determined (Volvo D13 (2010 emissions), Kenworth T600, 10-speed manual transmission), two simulation models were used to allow the evaluation of various packages: GT-POWER for engine cycle simulation and RAPTOR to model the vehicle, including the transmission and driveline. million barrels per day.