Hybrids – Vehicles, Battery & Hydraulic Technology

New Kenworth Truck Brochure Highlights Medium Duty Hybrids

April 06, 2009

KIRKLAND, WA --- Kenworth Truck Co. has produced a new brochure on its T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 diesel-electric hybrid trucks and tractors. 

Kenworth hybrids trucks are available in pickup and delivery, utility and service applications. Kenworth hybrid tractors, available up to 55,000-lb GCW, are for local haul applications, including beverage, general freight, and grocery distribution. 

The six-page Kenworth medium duty hybrids brochure features a detailed page on hybrid specifications, including power, drivetrain, starting and charging, transmission, frame, axle, suspension, brakes, wheels, tires, fuel tanks, battery boxes, bumpers, cab, hood, interior and special equipment and options. 

The Kenworth hybrids use an integral transmission-mounted motor/generator; frame-mounted 340-volt, lithium-ion battery pack; and dedicated power management system. Electricity generated through regenerative braking is stored and used for acceleration, assisting the diesel engine.

The hybrid system is monitored through an in-dash display. As the power requirements for different driving conditions change, the screen constantly updates the driver on system status. 

Purchasers of Kenworth hybrid trucks, equipped with a PACCAR PX-6 engine and the Eaton diesel-electric hybrid power system, may qualify for a maximum federal tax credit of $6,000 (Class 6) and $12,000 (Class 7).

Truck operators who purchase new Kenworth medium duty hybrid trucks and tractors, and then permanently remove an equal number of aged existing diesel-fueled trucks from the marketplace in exchange, are eligible to apply for grant money available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

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