Paccar trucks take CES stage

by Today's Trucking Staff

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is known for displaying the latest and greatest innovations in technology. This year, that includes several trucks – including autonomous and low-emission offerings from Paccar.

Peterbilt’s Model 579 prototype is powered by an MX13 engine, as well as autonomous capabilities that are still in the midst of being developed.

Kenworth, meanwhile, is displaying a zero-emission T680 day cab with a hydrogen fuel cell, which is part of the Zero Emission Cargo Transport demonstration project managed by the Southern California South Coast Air Quality Management District.

The fuel cell generates electricity with compressed hydrogen and air, and that’s used to power a dual-rotor electric motor to move the truck or recharge on-board lithium-ion batteries. The truck’s initial range is 240 kilometers, while the motor generates 565 horsepower – enough to handle the Gross Combination Weight for a Class 8 truck, Kenworth notes.

“Kenworth’s hydrogen fuel-cell T680 is a reality,” said Stephan Olsen, Kenworth director –  product planning. “The T680 has been running trials in the Seattle area and performing very well. The next step is real-world testing with Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI) at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Southern California.”

“Technology is reshaping the commercial vehicle industry, and we have to be sure Peterbilt is on the front line of those developments,” said Kyle Quinn, Peterbilt general manager. “CES is a melting pot of companies making breakthroughs and pushing the envelope in a wide variety of industries, trucking included. This opportunity to showcase Peterbilt’s work is exciting.”

More than 170,000 people are expected to visit the show itself, which features advances in gaming, automotive, health and wellness, sports, manufacturing, and home products.


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