Kenworth and US parcel and logistics giant UPS are working together to develop a truck under the U.S. Department of Energy-funded SuperTruck II program.
The goal is to improve freight efficiency by more than 100 per cent over a 2009 baseline and to achieve a 55 per cent increase in engine brake thermal efficiency.
Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice-president said the project will be built on a Kenworth T680 with a Paccar MX engine.
“UPS deploys advanced technology to efficiently manage the transportation of packages and freight,” said Dozier.
“For the SuperTruck II project, UPS will provide guidance on their drive and duty cycles to drive SuperTruck II performance. UPS will also offer advice on the commercial feasibility and driver acceptance of technologies developed under SuperTruck II,” he said.
“This important program is designed to produce advancements that will benefit fleets and truck operators with future reductions in fuel usage and emissionsm,” Dozier added.
Paccar is one of five SuperTruck II teams that received funding from the US government