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Kenworth Unveils T270 Class 6 Hybrid Truck

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The hybrid T270.

Kenworth Truck Company, a division of PACCAR, introduced its new Kenworth T270 Class 6 hybrid-electric truck at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Peterbilt, also part of PACCAR, will begin offering its version of the medium-duty hybrid this year as well. (Earlier post.)

The Kenworth T270 Class 6 hybrid medium-duty truck is powered by a PACCAR 6.7-liter PX-6 engine and features a parallel hybrid system developed with Eaton Corporation, a frame-mounted 340-volt battery pack, and a dedicated power management system.

The goal for the T270 hybrid is to improve fuel economy by 30% in start-and-stop applications, such as utility trucks and pick-up and delivery. Below 30 mph, the powertrain uses a combination of diesel and electricity. Above 30 mph, the truck relies solely on the diesel engine.

For medium-duty applications, such as for utility work, the T270 hybrid can be spec’d with an electric power-take-off (PTO).

Kenworth will have limited production of the medium-duty hybrid trucks for municipal fleets and utility companies this year with full-scale production expected to follow in 2008.

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tom

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Exactly!!!

philmcneal

english plz.... what's wrong with 30%? sure its not a true EV mode hybrid but at least parallel hybrids gives good benifits at marginal costs.

George

The problem with 30% is that it's in start-stop operations. Vehicles like this spend most of their time moving at a relatively constant speed, where the hybrid will be essentially useless. In a smaller truck chassis, maybe a good idea.

Jean Claude

Excellent idea the Hybrid, since if the majority of truck are on the road, in city like LA or SF - California, the stop and go for many many trucks is a daily - hourly - reality, and the idle time while unloading will save more than 80% of fuel is the Peterbilt website (same company as Kenworth) is correct.

Less pollution over all, and continue in this direction.

When will we see a fuel cell / hybrid Class 6 medium truck engine for 2010??? (Class C or B)


Sincerely

Jean-Claude

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