Bendix eTrac 6×2 axles now available on Kenworth T680

The Kenworth T680 is now available with the Bendix(R) eTrac(TM) Air Bag Transfer System for 6×2 axle configurations.

Kenworth says T680 specified in a 6×2 axle configuration can offer reduced weight and enhanced fuel economy over the traditional 6×4 axle configuration. The 6×2 configuration saves several hundred pounds by using one ‘live’ rear drive axle instead of two, and eliminating the inter-axle driveline and rear differential. The need for internal gearing in the non-drive axle is also eliminated, resulting in fewer parasitic losses. The combination of a 6×2 tandem axle configuration and wide-base tires may provide a significant fuel economy improvement, which will vary depending on use, road conditions and other factors.

The Bendix eTrac system links into the Bendix(R) ABS braking system with automatic traction control (ATC) and electronic stability programming. This system automatically engages and disengages – without driver input – the vehicle’s airbag pressure transfer system, transferring pressure from the non-drive to the drive axle when it recognizes wheel slip. This provides improved fuel efficiency in a lighter package combined with on-demand traction, according to Bendix.

The Bendix eTrac system protects the drivetrain by automatically disengaging after a low-traction event or when the vehicle’s resumed speed exceeds 25 mph. The system also allows for manual activation at speeds below 10 mph, or when a vehicle’s ATC mud/snow switch is enabled.

The 6×2 axle configurations are available with the proprietary Kenworth AG380 and AG400L lightweight air-ride suspensions, which offer a smooth ride, reduce drivetrain stresses, and are virtually maintenance free.

The Kenworth AG380, which is rated at 38,000 lbs., is for on-highway fleets and truck operators who require less weight and a lower chassis height in applications such as tankers, flatbeds, reefers, vans and car carriers. The disc brake-compatible Kenworth AG400L is a 40,000-lb. rated highway rear suspension system. The cost-effective, four-bag suspension is especially well-suited for over the road and pickup and delivery applications.

The Kenworth T680 with the PACCAR MX-13 engine was named the 2013 Heavy Duty Commercial Truck of the Year by the American Truck Dealers (ATD). The T680 has earned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay(R) designation and is the most aerodynamic truck in Kenworth’s 90-year history.