Kenworth introduces T370 hybrid tractor for local hauls

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Kenworth Truck Co. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, introduced a new T370 Class 7 diesel-electric hybrid tractor suited for local haul applications, including beverage, general freight and grocery distribution.

Kenworth says its goal for the T370 hybrid tractor is to improve fuel economy by up to 25 percent in local haul applications. The tractor will be available in various wheelbases, starting as short as 153 inches. The new Kenworth hybrid tractor will be a featured participant during the Oct. 16 Ride and Drive event at the annual Hybrid Truck Users Forum in South Bend, Ind.

The Kenworth T370 tractor is powered by the 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. Advanced powertrain controls monitor driving conditions and automatically select the ideal power mode, smoothly switching among electric-only, combined diesel and electric, and diesel-only power modes, according to the Kirkland, Wash.-based truck maker.

Electricity generated through regenerative braking is stored and used for acceleration, assisting the diesel engine. The hybrid system is monitored through a dash display, Kenworth says; as the power requirements for different driving conditions change, the screen constantly updates the driver on system status.