The Kenworth T660 has been named SmartWay-eligible by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
KIRKLAND, Wash. — Kenworths latest models the new T660 and T2000 have been recently acknowledged as SmartWay-eligible trucks by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Kenworth has been a part of the green commitment to the environment for more than 20 years, having produced the industrys first truly aerodynamic truck, the T600A, in 1985.
The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a collaborative voluntary program between the EPA and the freight industry. SmartWay-eligible tractors offer a full aerodynamic package, including integrated roof fairings, fuel tank side fairings, tractor-mounted gap reducers, aerodynamic bumpers and aerodynamic mirrors, idle reduction technology readiness, and low rolling resistance tires.
In addition to aerodynamic developments, Kenworth has introduced its new, no-idle Kenworth Clean Power system and Kenworth medium-duty hybrid-electric truck.
The Kenworth Clean Power cooling and heating system begins production this summer as an option for the Kenworth T660 with a 72-inch AeroCab sleeper. Customers with high idling time may receive as much as an 8% improvement in fuel economy by not idling, thanks to Kenworth Clean Power, said Mike Dozier, Kenworth chief engineer. The system also includes high-output, low-current LED lighting and an enhanced sleeper insulation package designed for optimum energy efficiency.
In 2008, Kenworth will begin production of medium-duty hybrid trucks. The new Kenworth T370 Class 7 and T270 Class 6 models will be packaged with the hybrid option. The hybrid vehicles target a 30% improvement in fuel consumption combined with responsible environmental practices.
Kenworth recently received the prestigious 2007 Industry Innovation Award for alternative fuel trucks presented by the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute. The award honours companies that collaboratively identify solutions to help overcome obstacles to clean transportation alternatives. Kenworth received the alternative fuel industrys top innovation award for the Kenworth T800 liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck.
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