February 16th, 2009
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Kenworth’s goal is to enhance fuel economy by up to 50 percent with the new Kenworth T270 hybrid service truck, which is for use in various service applications in construction and other industries. Service applications are perfect for the hybrid due to the various onboard tools and diagnostic equipment mechanics use and the stop-and-go pace of moving from location to location to fix equipment, said Gary Moore, Kenworth assistant general manager for marketing and sales. Instead of idling the engine to run the crane and other equipment, a mechanic can operate them on electric power, which reduces emissions. The Kenworth T270 hybrid is powered by a 260-hp PACCAR PX-6 engine, and features an integral transmission-mounted motor/generator, a frame-mounted 340-volt battery pack and a dedicated power management system. The power management system provides electricity to run a 10,000-pound hydraulic crane.