Truck Will Be in the Charlotte zMax Dragway Ride-and-Drive
Kenworth will show a compressed natural gas-fueled T440 tractor at this week’s HTUF 2012 show in Charlotte, N.C. The T440 CNG will take part in the HTUF ride-and-drive from on Thursday, September 20, at the zMax Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the manufacturer said Friday.
The T440 CNG with extended day cab is powered by a spark-ignition, 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G engine and 6-speed Allison 3000HS transmission. It is available as a straight truck or tractor in a gross vehicle weight (GVW) ranging from a heavy Class 7 vehicle at 33,000 lbs. up to a light Class 8 truck at 68,000 lbs.
“Kenworth continues to expand its line of compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, which serve a growing number of applications and provides excellent, low-emission solutions combined with outstanding efficiency, horsepower and torque,” Kenworth medium duty marketing manager Doug Powell said in a release.
No SCR, No DPF
The dedicated-natural gas ISL G engine uses a maintenance-free, three-way catalyst and is both EPA- and California-compliant with neither selective catalytic reduction nor a diesel particulate filter. “Rated at 320 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque, the engine’s torque curve closely matches that of its diesel counterparts,” Kenworth says.
“HTUF offers an excellent opportunity for fleet and truck operators to test out the T440 CNG truck by taking a drive or ride on the track,” Powell said.
Other Kenworth natural gas trucks include the Kenworth T660 (CNG or liquefied natural gas), Kenworth T800 (LNG), and Kenworth W900S (CNG or LNG).
Kenworth also offers the Kenworth T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 diesel-electric hybrid trucks for utility, pickup and delivery, and service applications. The hybrid tractors, available up to 55,000-lb GCW, are for local haul applications, including beverage, general freight, and grocery distribution.
“Kenworth’s goal,” the company says, “is to enhance fuel economy by up to 30% in both pickup and delivery and hybrid tractor applications and up to 50% in utility operations.”
HTUF is the High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum, hosted by Calstart September 18-20 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
HTUF formerly stood for Hybrid Truck Users Forum.
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Source: Paccar-Kenworth press release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up