New Kenworth brochure features medium-duty hybrids

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Kenworth has produced a new brochure on its T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 diesel-electric hybrid trucks and tractors. The hybrid trucks are available in pickup-and-delivery, utility and service applications. The hybrid tractors, available up to 55,000-lb. GCW, are for local haul applications, including beverage, general freight and grocery distribution.

The 6-page medium-duty hybrid 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.

Kenworth says the hybrids use an integral transmission-mounted motor/generator, a frame-mounted 340-volt lithium-ion battery pack and a 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, according to the Kirkland, Wash.-based truckmaker; 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, 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.

Contact a Kenworth dealer to obtain a copy of the brochure.