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Two Kenworth Medium Duty Hybrid Trucks To Be Showcased at Hybrid Day on Capitol Hill


KIRKLAND, Wash. – Two Kenworth medium duty diesel-electric hybrid trucks will participate in “Hybrid Day on Capitol Hill” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in Washington, D.C.

A Kenworth pickup and delivery hybrid and a Kenworth utility hybrid will be part of the event, which focuses on “Hybrid Trucks: Technology for Clean Air, Fuel Efficiency and U.S. Jobs.” An on-site industry briefing will examine the state of hybrid technology and explore how federal policies can best support widespread commercialization of hybrid trucks. The event is hosted by CALSTART and the Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF).

“The event on Capitol Hill offers an excellent opportunity for members of Congress and their staffs and other government officials to learn more about Kenworth hybrid trucks,” said Judy McTigue, Kenworth medium duty marketing manager. “Last month, Kenworth became the first truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of the important contribution of Kenworth hybrids and other Kenworth environmental efforts.”

The Kenworth T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 diesel-electric hybrid trucks are for use in pickup and delivery, utility, and service applications. Kenworth’s goal is to enhance fuel economy by up to 30 percent in pickup and delivery applications and up to 50 percent in utility and service operations. As a result of using less diesel fuel, the Kenworth hybrids help to reduce emissions. Kenworth also offers medium duty hybrid tractors, which are available up to 55,000-lb GCW, for local haul applications, including beverage, general freight, and grocery distribution. Purchasers of Kenworth hybrid trucks may qualify for a federal tax credit ranging from $6,000 to $12,000.

The Kenworth hybrids feature a PACCAR PX-6 engine, integral transmission-mounted motor/generator, frame-mounted 340-volt battery pack, and 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. As the power requirements for different driving conditions change, the screen constantly updates the driver on system status.


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