KIRKLAND, Wash., February 12, 2009 – Kenworth Truck Company introduced its first diesel-electric hybrid truck in a service application at the recent World of Concrete Show in Las Vegas.
Kenworth's goal is to enhance fuel economy by up to 50 percent with the new Kenworth T270 hybrid service truck, which is expected to draw interest for use in various service applications in construction and other industries.
“Service applications are perfect for the hybrid due to the various onboard tools and diagnostic equipment mechanics use and the stop-and-go pace of moving from location to location to fix equipment,” said Gary Moore, Kenworth assistant general manager for marketing and sales. “Instead of idling the engine to run the crane and other equipment, a mechanic can operate them on electric power, which reduces emissions. That allows companies to go â€˜green,' helping the environment.”
The Kenworth T270 hybrid is powered by a 260-hp PACCAR PX-6 engine, and features an integral transmission-mounted motor/generator, a frame-mounted 340-volt battery pack and a dedicated power management system. The power management system provides electricity to run a 10,000-pound hydraulic crane. Sundt Construction of Tempe, Ariz., will take delivery of the Class 6 truck, equipped with a Valew mechanic's field service body.
In addition to the hybrid service truck, Kenworth also displayed three other trucks at World of Concrete: a Kenworth W900S mixer and two Kenworth T800s – one equipped as a super dump and the other with a Conveyor Applications Systems (CAS) slinger.
Kenworth's quality vocational products contributed to Kenworth's reception of the 2008 J.D. Power and Associates award for “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Vocational Segment Class 8 Truck for the past two years in a row.”*
Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World's Best(R) heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company's dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, medium duty diesel-electric hybrids, liquefied natural gas trucks, and the Kenworth Clean Power(R) no-idle system. Kenworth's Internet home page is at www.kenworth.com. Kenworth. A PACCAR Company.
*Kenworth received the highest numerical score among Over the Road and Vocational Class 8 trucks in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Heavy-Duty Truck Customer Satisfaction Study(SM). Study based on 2,692 U.S. responses and measures opinions of principal maintainers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of those surveyed in March-June 2008. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.