Kenworth is adding the TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics system as an option for its medium-duty conventional trucks.  Fleets and truck operators buying a new Kenworth T270, T370, T440 and T470 models – equipped with the 6.7-liter Paccar PX-7 engine, 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine or Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine – will be able to order Kenworth TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics.  The system enhances vehicle diagnostics by providing real-time engine health information to fleet managers and Kenworth dealers to help optimize truck uptime and productivity and allows fleets to track the location of the Kenworth trucks.  Kenworth TruckTech+ notifications include continue driving with no actions required, keep driving and address the service code during the next service interval, head to a dealer for service, or pull over to prevent possible damage.  Kenworth says if the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities.  The data is sent to a secure web portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue, and recommend a solution.  If a repair is needed quickly, the data can be sent to the servicing dealer in advance so they can be prepared to work on the truck.  The Kenworth TruckTech+ option includes a free two-year subscription to the service.  Longer term subscription options are available for purchase.

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Toyota, Kenworth, UPS, the California Air Resources Board, the Port of Los Angeles and Shell met at the Port of Los Angeles on Monday for the unveiling of the first Kenworth-Toyota Fuel Cell Electric Truck, the first of 10 zero-emissions Kenworth T680 test units that will haul cargo at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and throughout the L.A. Basin. The trucks are being funded by a $41 million grant from CARB to the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) Project.

“Toyota is committed to fuel cell electric technology as a powertrain for the future because it’s a clean, scalable platform that can meet a broad range of mobility needs with zero emissions,” said Bob Carter, Executive Vice President for Automotive Operations Toyota. “The ZANZEFF collaboration and the innovative ‘Shore-to Store’ project allow us to move Heavy-Duty Truck Fuel Cell Electric technology towards commercialization.”

The zero emissions T680 expands on Toyota’s fuel cell technology which has been at work in Southern California since 2017 through two Class 8 fuel cell trucks the automaker launched under Project Portal. The proof-of-concept trucks have logged more than 14,000 miles of testing and drayage operations in and around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The Kenworth-Toyota T680 offers an estimated range of more than 300 miles per fill, twice that of a typical drayage daily duty cycle. The trucks will fuel up on Shell’s expanding hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The first truck is expected to go to work in the fourth quarter.

“The collaboration between the Port of Los Angeles, Kenworth, Toyota and Shell is providing an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the viability of fuel cell electric technology in both drayage service and regional haul commercial vehicle applications operating in Southern California,” said Mike Dozier, general manager of Kenworth Truck Company and PACCAR vice president.  “The performance of the 10 Kenworth Class 8 trucks being developed under this program – the first of which debuted today – is targeted to meet or exceed that of a diesel-powered truck, while producing water as the only emissions byproduct.”The ZANZEFF trucks provide a large-scale shore-to-store plan and a hydrogen fuel-cell-electric technology framework for freight facilities to structure operations for future goods movement that strive for zero-emissions particularly in highly congested areas. The initiative will help reduce emissions by over 500 tons of Greenhouse Gas and 0.72 weighted tons of NOx, ROG and PM10. That’s welcomed news in Southern California where over 16,000 trucks serve the Los Angeles and Long Beach port complexes – North America’s largest trade gateway for containerized cargo. That number that is estimated to grow to 32,000 by 2030. Currently, more than 43,000 drayage trucks are in operation at ports across the U.S.

“This substantial climate investment by the state, matched by the project partners, will help speed up the number of zero-emission trucks in the California communities and neighborhoods where they are needed the most,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “It will provide a real world at-work demonstration of innovative heavy-duty fuel-cell electric technologies. The project offers a commercial solution to move cargo and freight around the state using zero-emission trucks and equipment that protect air quality and cut climate-changing emissions.”

The trucks will move cargo from the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports throughout the Los Angeles area, the Inland Empire, the Port of Hueneme, and eventually to Merced.  The trucks will be operated by Toyota Logistics Services (4), United Parcel Services (3), Total Transportation Services Inc. (2), and Southern Counties Express (1).

“It’s an honor for UPS to be collaborating with Toyota, Shell and Kenworth on such a trail-blazing project,” said Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS. “As a company always looking for the next innovative technology to better serve our customers, UPS was very pleased to be selected as a demonstrating partner for the hydrogen fuel cell electric semi project. With more than 10,000 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles in our fleet today, UPS has a long history of pioneering and evaluating technologies that aid us in decreasing our environmental footprint.”

The Kenworth-Toyota T680 will be on display this week at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach.

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Paccar has announced that Preston Feight will become its new chief executive officer, effective July 1.  Feight was also elected a member of the board of directors of the company, which is parent company of Kenworth Truck Company, Peterbilt Motors Company, and DAF Trucks N.V..  Feight is currently vice president of Paccar and will succeed Ron Armstrong, who has served as CEO since April 2014.  Armstrong will retire from the company and the board June 30.  Mark Pigot will remain as executive chairman and will continue to provide strategic counsel to the company.  “Preston Feight is an outstanding leader who has made significant contributions to Paccar’s excellent record of profitable growth and its industry-leading products and services.” said Pigott.  He also thanked Ron Armstrong for his “five excellent years of outstanding leadership and strategic vision as Paccar’s chief executive officer.”  The company announcement noted that Armstrong has been with Paccar for 25 years, and during his tenure as CEO, the company achieved many records, including revenue, net income, and stockholders’ equity, and it also introduced new products and increased market share.  Paccar also said that Feight has been instrumental in delivering revenue and profit growth, in addition to having an integral role in the development of many of the company’s vehicle and powertrain products.  He has been with Paccar for 21 years, with leadership roles as president of Netherlands-based DAF trucks, as well as assistant general manager–sales and marketing, and chief engineer at Kenworth.  Feight holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University and a MS degree in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado.  Noting that Paccar is celebrating it 114th year, Feight said, “Paccar’s technology focus has positioned the company as a leader in advanced powertrains such as diesel, electric and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as sophisticated driver assistance systems and truck connectivity.”

Kenworth has expanded its option offerings for its medium-duty cabover models.  For the Kenworth K370 Class 7 cabover, new options are the Dana Spicer S23-172E 23K high entry axle, Reyco 23k rear suspension, Dana 170 driveline series, 8K lift axle pusher, pusher tires and wheels and upsized parking and spring brakes.  These options are appropriate for heavy freight delivery, dump truck, small concrete mixer and crane, while also opening the door for other vocational uses.  The Kenworth K370 and the Kenworth K270 Class 6 both now offer the Davco 245 fuel/water separator combined with a battery disconnect switch on the left-hand rail as an option.  The Kenworth K370 and K270 are powered by the 6.7 liter Paccar PX-7 engine, which is rated up to 260 hp and 660 lb-ft of torque and delivers an exceptional power-to-weight ratio,  Both models are standard with the 2100 HS Allison 5-speed automatic transmission.

INSTALLING ELDs IN 2.1 METER CABS

Posted: April 8, 2019 in Kenworth

Kenworth has made a wiring change impacting the installation of electronic logging devices.  T680, T880 and W990 chassis build prior to November 1, 2018 normally used the J1939 connector for ELD connection. With the wiring change made in November, wiring thru the J1939 can cause significant damage to the truck wiring system.  There is now a designated plug-in that needs to be used.  Please contact our service departments for more information on correct wiring connection.  B-style cabs are not affected.

The Lion Electric Company showed off its first all-electric Class 8 urban truck at the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council Annual Meeting in Atlanta, saying it will be commercialized this fall.  The Lion8 is designed, created, and manufactured to be electric and has a range of up to 250 miles on a single charge.  The elimination of noise pollution, optimization of visibility and unparalleled turning radius make the Lion8’s driving experience safe and enjoyable, says the company.  “Class 8 trucks are a huge market in North America,” says Marc Bedard, president of Lion Electric,  “and between 40% and 45% of these trucks are used on routes averaging less than 250 miles.  So the decision for us to launch an all-electric truck with 250-mile range to meet box van, refuse, and other common vocational applications was a natural one for us.”  Lion Electric says the truck offers the following benefits:   No greenhouse gas emissions      no noise pollution     80% energy cost reduction    Lowest cost of ownership    oil-free operation, with very few moving parts, and brakes that last longer thanks to a regenerative braking system  The first truck will be delivered to SAQ, a Quebec-based liquor retailer.

NATURAL GAS HEAVY TRUCK SALES FALL

Posted: March 19, 2019 in Kenworth

Demand for natural-gas-powered Class 8 trucks has softened in the U.S. and Canada, according to a quarterly report from ACT Research.  Natural gas truck sales rose 13% in 2017, but year-to-date through November 2018. sales were down 700 units compared to the same period the year before.  This 23% decline represents a softening in the market as lower diesel prices made natural gas a less appealing option.  Natural gas is also seeing more competition from other alternative powertrains, with multiple battery-electric truck options likely to launch in the next year or two.