Hybrid On The Hill Day Brings Truck Manufacturers To Washington DC

June 11 was Hybrid On The Hill Day, a chance for truck manufacturers to showcase medium and heavy-duty hybrids.

The trucks ranged from big rigs, utility bucket trucks, delivery trucks and shuttle buses. The event was hosted by CALSTART and the Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF).

While hybrid technology shows promise for future truck sales, price and public recognition is still an obstacle.

In this YouTube video, Bill Van Amburg, Senior Vice President with CALSTART, an organization dedicated to clean transportation technologies, explains getting past the issue of cost with hybrid trucks.

The Kenworth homepage reports on the truck models the company brought to Hybrid On The Hill Day: a Kenworth pickup and delivery hybrid and a Kenworth utility hybrid.

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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.

Photo Credit: Kenworth

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.

Source: CNET, CALSTART and Kenworth

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