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Kenworth T680 for Paper Transport

September 23, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Our First Truly Aerodynamic CNG Truck in a Sleeper Configuration’

Kenworth is talking up delivery of the first full-production Kenworth T680 with a natural gas engine, to Wisconsin’s Paper Transport, Inc.

Paper Transport president Jeff Shefchik with the first full-production Kenworth T680 with a natural gas engine. Note back-of-cab CNG cylinder assembly by Agility Fuel Systems. C.A. Johnson photos courtesy Kenworth

Paper Transport president Jeff Shefchik with the first full-production Kenworth T680 with a natural gas engine. Note back-of-cab CNG cylinder assembly by Agility Fuel Systems. C.A. Johnson photos courtesy Kenworth

“This first full-production Kenworth T680 powered by CNG represents our first truly aerodynamic CNG truck in a sleeper configuration,” PTI president Jeff Shefchik says in Kenworth’s announcement.

“We continue our move toward a more environmentally conscious fleet operation by replacing our diesel-fueled trucks,” he said.

400-Horsepower ISX12 G

Like 20 Kenworth T660s operated by PTI, the new truck is powered by the 11.9-liter, ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport.

The new truck with 400-horsepower engine is being driven by a husband-and-wife team who are out a week at a time delivering paper products throughout the Midwest, Shefchik said.

“We’re looking to add Kenworth T680s with more advanced aerodynamic features as part of our effort to stay ahead of competitors, who have just started tests of natural gas-powered trucks in response to requests from shippers,” he said, calling the T680 with improved aerodynamics and the new back-of-cab fuel system “the next big step.”

Back-of-Cab by Agility

According to the Kenworth release, “Generally, natural gas costs Paper Transport about $1.70 less per diesel gallon equivalent of natural gas than what it pays for diesel fuel, shaving about 3 cents per mile off its operating costs, or about $3,300 per truck. While the price spread between diesel and natural gas is currently narrower, Shefchik believes it will widen.”

“We can get savings not only from the T680’s improved aerodynamic features, but also from how the natural gas tanks are off the frame rails and are now placed at the back of the cab,” he said. “That back-of-cab placement is a more efficient use of space and will produce far less drag on the truck.”

Hexagon Lincoln Cylinders

Paper Transport has equipped its Kenworth T680 with 76-inch sleeper with Agility Fuel System’s new 155-gallon diesel gallon equivalent behind-the-cab CNG fuel system. The assembly includes four 26-inch by 80-inch Type IV all-composite fuel cylinders by Hexagon Lincoln, weighs only 2,550 pounds and requires only 31.25 inches of frame rail space.

“It can deliver a range of about 600 miles before refueling, which offers the industry’s best DGE per inch of frame rail,” Kenworth says.


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Kenworth, Kurt Swihart, 425-828-5020; [email protected]; www.kenworth.com

PTI, president Jeff Shefchik, 920-491-2205 or toll-free 800-317-3650; [email protected]; www.papertransport.com

Wisconsin Kenworth, Jay Bowers, 877-459-3895; mobile 920-360-6160; [email protected]; www.wisconsinkenworth.com

Agility info, VP Luis Salem, 714-380-9176 or 949-236-5520 (main); [email protected]www.agilityfs.com

Hexagon Lincoln, VP Chet Dawes, 402-470-5015;[email protected]

Hexagon Lincoln, Dave Myers, 951-277-3533;[email protected]www.hexagonlincoln.com

Cummins Westport, Charlie Ker, 604-718-1902;[email protected]www.cumminswestport.com


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Source: Kenworth with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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