Kenworth brochure features medium-duty hybrids for P&D, utility

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Kenworth now offers a brochure on its new T270 and T370 diesel-electric hybrid trucks. Kenworth’s goal is to enhance fuel economy by up to 30 percent in pickup-and-delivery applications and up to 50 percent in utility operations.

Purchasers of Kenworth hybrids equipped with a Paccar PX-6 engine and the Eaton hybrid system may qualify for a maximum federal tax credit of $6,000 (Class 6) and $12,000 (Class 7). The Kenworth hybrids use an integral transmission-mounted motor/generator, frame-mounted 340-volt lithium-ion battery pack and a dedicated power management system.

Advanced powertrain controls are designed to monitor driving conditions and automatically select the ideal power mode, smoothly switching among electric-only, combined diesel and electric, and diesel-only power modes; electricity generated through regenerative braking is stored and used for acceleration, assisting the diesel engine. The hybrid system is monitored through a dash display, according to the Kirkland, Wash.-based truck maker; as the power requirements for different driving conditions change, the screen constantly updates the driver on system status.

Halogen projector low-beam headlamps are designed to provide 30 percent more light down the road and three times longer life than sealed beam headlamps. The hood is made of sheet-molded composite for added fit and finish, while a hood-assist device and 90-degree hood tilt opening facilitate additional access to the engine compartment for ease of service. A one-piece chrome or painted bumper and Metton quarter fenders help provide additional durability and impact resistance.

The brochure is available on Kenworth’s home page under Kenworth Environmental Leadership, then view the Diesel-Electric Hybrid Features.