Capstone completes track testing of Kenworth microturbine-powered hybrid electric Class 7 truck

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Capstone Turbine Corporation successfully completed track testing of a Kenworth Class 7 hybrid electric work truck using its 65kW microturbine as an on-board range extender.

Kenworth developing hydrogen fuel cell, Near Zero NOx CNG series hybrid Class 8 prototypes for SoCal ports; CNG hybrids

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Kenworth continues its advancements on low/zero emission projects focused on Kenworth T680 day cabs for drayage tractor operation in Southern California ports, which are backed by $9 million in government grants awarded last August. Kenworth T680 Hybrid-Electric Tractor with CNG.

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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 million that will support low emissions projects involving Kenworth T680 Day Cabs targeted for use as drayage tractors in Southern California ports. —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. The ISX12 G will be available with the Kenworth T660, Kenworth T800, Kenworth T800 short hood, and the Kenworth W900S, as well as the Peterbilt Model 365 and Model 320. Next-generation Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.

Kenworth and Peterbilt introduce more fuel-efficient Class 8 trucks

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Kenworth T680 Advantage. At the Mid-America Trucking show, PACCAR companies Kenworth and Peterbilt introduced more fuel efficient version of their heavy-duty models: the Kenworth T680 Advantage and the Peterbilt Model 579 with EPIQ package. Kenworth T680 Advantage.

Kenworth’s latest T680 Advantage gains up to 10% in fuel efficiency; driver assistance systems for fuel economy

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The latest Kenworth T680 Advantage—Kenworth’s fuel-efficiency leader—has gained up to 10% in fuel efficiency compared to a standard Kenworth T680 built in 2013. The current Kenworth T680 Advantage with 76-inch sleeper features the optimized. Additional T680 Advantage fuel economy specifications include the Kenworth Idle Management System, tire pressure monitoring system and wide-base tires. —Kevin Baney, Kenworth chief engineer.

Kenworth Receives Largest Hybrid Tractor and Truck Order Yet

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Coca-Cola Enterprises has ordered 150 Kenworth T370 diesel-electric tractors and 35 Kenworth T370 hybrid trucks, all of which will be on the road this year. The Kenworth T370 tractors (rated at 55,000 lb. The CCE order is the largest yet received by Kenworth for hybrid tractors and trucks. The Kenworth T370 hybrid trucks (rated at 33,000 lb.

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. During the recent Hybrid Truck User’s Forum in Baltimore Maryland, it was announced that both Kenworth and Peterbilt are working with Capstone to demonstrate Class 7 and Class 8 microturbine range extended series hybrid trucks using Capstone’s CARB certified C65 microturbines.

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. Kenworth also offers the T800 LNG truck equipped with the Westport GX engine.

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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. Kenworth also offers T800 liquefied natural gas vehicles with the Westport GX engine and medium duty diesel-electric hybrids.

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. The Westport HD15L LNG engine is available across a broad range of Class 8 tractors; Westport HD15L product can be ordered in multiple configurations in Kenworth Truck Company’s T800 and Peterbilt Motors’ 386 (SmartWay included), 367, 367SB and 388 in North America, and Kenworth T409SAR, T659, and K200 in Australia.

NVIDIA working with PACCAR on self-driving technology for trucks

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PACCAR—which manufactures the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF lines of trucks—has developed a proof-of-concept self-driving truck with SAE Level 4 capability built on NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 technology ( earlier post ), trained on deep neural networks.

Chart, Ground Force Worldwide deliver first LNG/diesel dual fueling vehicle

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The truck is based on a Kenworth T800 and Chart’s Orca unit, which celebrates its 21 st birthday this year. Chart and Ground Force Worldwide (GFW) have launched of the first dual LNG/diesel fueling truck, designed and built for a large rock quarry customer in Florida.

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., the solid waste division of Veolia Environmental Services North America (VESNA), has introduced Indiana’s first fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) powered refuse trucks to its Evansville, Indiana (Vanderburgh County) service area.

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. The Kenworth T370 tractors (rated at 55,000 lb. The hybrid tractors will be manufactured in Sainte-Therese, Quebec by the Kenworth division of Paccar.

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 Westport Innovations Inc. unveiled its next generation of high pressure direct injection natural gas technology platform, Westport 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.). The ultracapacitor replaces one traditional battery—reducing weight by up to 60 pounds—and is dedicated to starting the vehicle.

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.

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 California Energy Commission recently approved funding of $8,554,000 to help bring natural gas- and propane-powered shuttle buses, cars and trucks to California’s roadways.

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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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Engine manufacturers and original equipment truck manufacturers such as Cummins-Westport, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Navistar, Freightliner and Caterpillar are expected to have Class-8 trucks available in engine sizes allowing for varied road and driving requirements.

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. UPS plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 380 new CNG tractors to its growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.

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.

Eaton Cummins JV unveils 12-speed automated transmission

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Endurant will be paired with the Cummins X15 Efficiency Series engine beginning in October for Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

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 pre-production engine used in the new tractors is slated for limited release in 2013 and is currently the only all natural gas engine that begins to meet the size and power needs of Class 8 trucks.

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.

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. division, maker of the Delo brand of heavy duty engine oils, lubricants and coolants, unveiled a new category of heavy duty motor oil designed to address the growth of severe duty applications in on- and off-highway markets.

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). The Kenworth T370 diesel-electric hybrid truck is the first medium-duty hybrid truck to enter service in DSNY’s fleet.

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

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

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. Eaton Corporation has selected Compact Power Inc.

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. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse highlighted the company’s machine-to-machine (M2M) Connected Transportation initiative in a keynote address to the Detroit Economic Club, including the introduction of new partnerships.

Eaton Launches Hydraulic Hybrid Retrofit Program for Refuse Trucks

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The HLA system. Click to enlarge. Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation will begin offering retrofit versions of its Hydraulic Launch Assist (HLA) hybrid power system ( earlier post ) for refuse trucks later this year.

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. Odyne Systems, LLC has delivered seven trucks featuring the Odyne plug-in hybrid propulsion system to utilities and municipalities throughout Wisconsin.

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. UPS is the only private delivery company using this technology in its fleet and now has more than 1,100 natural gas-powered vehicles in service.

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. Eaton Corp.

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. However, the New York City Department of Sanitation may soon alter that viewpoint as it tests three different types of hybrid refuse collection trucks and a hybrid rack truck.

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.