Coca-Cola Enterprises has ordered 150 Kenworth T370 diesel-electric tractors and 35 Kenworth T370 hybrid trucks, all of which will be on the road this year. The Kenworth T370 tractors (rated at 55,000 lb. GCW) are the largest hybrid delivery truck on the road in North America. The CCE order is the largest yet received by Kenworth for hybrid tractors and trucks.
Coca-Cola Enterprises uses tractors as its standard bulk delivery truck for large deliveries, and plans to deploy the Kenworth hybrid tractors to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Portland (Ore.), San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. The Kenworth T370 hybrid trucks (rated at 33,000 lb. GVW) will be deployed to Albuquerque, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus (Ohio), Jacksonville (Fla.), Knoxville, Las Vegas, Missoula, New Orleans, and Seattle, joining CCE’s fleet of 120 Kenworth 12-bay hybrid delivery trucks.
Coca-Cola Enterprises has achieved increased fuel efficiency and decreased emissions on its original order of 120 Kenworth T370 hybrid beverage delivery trucks deployed throughout the United States and Canada last year.
The Kenworth hybrids are performing well, with a more than 30 percent improvement in both fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, compared to standard beverage delivery trucks.—Gary Kapusta, CCE vice president of indirect procurement
Coca-Cola Enterprises operates the largest hybrid truck fleet in North America.
Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Kenworth T370 hybrids are equipped with a PACCAR PX-6 engine, rated up to 280 hp (209 kW) and up to 660 lb-ft (895 Nm) of torque, and the Eaton diesel-electric hybrid power system. The hybrids also have an integral transmission-mounted motor/generator and frame-mounted 340-volt, lithium-ion battery pack.
Advanced powertrain controls monitor driving conditions and automatically select the ideal power mode, switching among electric-only, combined diesel and electric, and diesel-only power modes. Electricity generated through regenerative braking is stored and used for acceleration, assisting the diesel engine. The hybrid system is monitored through a dash display. As the power requirements for different driving conditions change, the screen constantly updates the driver on system status.