Kenworth enhances power management

The power management system available on Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks has expanded to include a new fuel-fired bunk heater and automatic starts and stops based on temperatures inside the cab.

The Eberspaecher Airtronic D4 fuel-fired bunk heater essentially doubles the BTUs generated by the previous generation of heater, delivering 13,650 BTUs. That is available in truck models with 76-inch or 52-inch sleepers. 

Kenworth’s automatic start and stop system that monitors starting batteries, as well as the power needed for hotel loads, will even consider the temperatures inside the cab in addition to oil temperatures that are monitored today.

The Driver Performance Center offers real-time information on the battery’s state of charge, giving drivers the chance to shut down a system early and simply use available battery power if they know they are about to hit the road in a short period of time.

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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