Trucking manufacturer and an industry leader, Kenworth based in Kirkland, Washington, has been awarded three government grants totaling $8.6 million that will support low emissions projects involving Kenworth T680 Day Cabs targeted for use as drayage tractors at Southern California ports.
The first two projects are funded at $1.9 million each by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Kenworth will build two, proof-of- concept T680 Day Cab drayage tractors to transport freight from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to warehouses and rail yards along the Interstate 710 corridor in the Greater Los Angeles basin. The third project is funded at $4.8 million by the California Air Resources Board.
Kenworth will build four hybrid-electric T680 Day Cabs and support the customer field test of the units in Southern California drayage operations. “Hybrid-electric powertrains are expected to be required within seven to 10 years to meet emissions requirements in several major metropolitan areas of the United States. California already is considering regulations requiring port drayage trucks to run at zero-emission levels when operating in economically disadvantaged communities,” said Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president. “These T680 Day Cab projects are a great opportunity for Kenworth to advance the development of key technologies that may play a critical role in the trucks of the future.”