Kenworth Truck Company introduced its first diesel-electric hybrid truck in a service application at the 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.
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."
Subaru's first hybrid will arrive later this year as a 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid — a plug-in hybrid that can run on gasoline or electric power, the automaker has announced.