Equipment Roundup: Ram unveils 2019 HD pickups; Cat expands Next Gen excavator lineup with new 336; Fecon intros FTX300 Mulching Tractor; Peterbilt intros new electric truck; Kenworth, Toyota fuel cell partnership

Updated Jan 22, 2019

Kenworth, Toyota announce fuel cell technology partnership

At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Kenworth Truck Company showcased a T680 converted to fuel cell electric power by Toyota Motor North America. Moving forward, the two companies will work together to design and build 10 new zero-emission fuel cell electric T680s as part of a $41 million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) grant from the California Air Resources Board to promote the use of fuel cell electric tractors in port operations.

As part of the project, Shell Oil Products also plans to build two new large-scale, heavy truck hydrogen fueling stations, one in the L.A. ports and one in Ontario, Calif.

The trucks will be used by Toyota Logistics Service, UPS, Southern Counties Express and Total Transportation Services, Inc.


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Peterbilt intros 220EV electric medium duty truck

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Peterbilt Motors Company continued the rollout of its electric vehicle lineup with the Peterbilt 220EV, a zero-emission, battery-powered version of its Model 220 medium-duty cabover aimed at city delivery and urban applications.

The 220EV is the third electric model introduced by Peterbilt, joining the 520EV refuse truck announced in 2017 and last year’s 579EV regional-haul tractor. The company plans to put six 220EV units in service as part of a customer field test later this year, with a goal of 30 to 40 Peterbilt electric vehicles on the road by the end of 2019.

“We now have refuse, regional haul and local pickup & delivery covered,” said Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager. “We think those three applications are going to have the most immediate and near-term payback for our customers from an ROI perspective.”


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Fecon intros FTX300 Mulching Tractor with more power, cab upgrades

Fecon’s latest forestry mulching tractor, the FTX300, is equipped with the next stage in diesel engine emissions reduction, as well as providing more power and hydraulic flow than its predecessor.

The Cummins QSB 6.7 Stage 5 engine on the FTX300 Mulching Tractor surpasses Tier 4 Final emissions requirements by also meeting the latest European standards of Stage V. The Cummins engine produces 310 net horsepower, 20 horsepower more than the Tier 3 engine on the FTX290, which it replaces.

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Cummins and other engine manufacturers expect similar regulations to eventually be required in the United States – likely to be called Tier 5 – and have been preparing for that as they also prepare to meet the new European Stage V standards, scheduled to take effect this year and next.


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Cat 336 the latest tech-packed excavator added to Next Gen lineup

Expect up to 45 percent more power, operating efficiency and swing torque in the Next Generation hydraulic excavators from Caterpillar – while lowering your fuel consumption and costs.

The 2019 lineup includes the Cat 336 in the 36-ton size class, which uses up to 15 percent less fuel, along with 15 percent less maintenance over the previous series, according to Caterpillar.


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Ram unveils 2019 Heavy Duty pickups: 6.7L Cummins delivers 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque

With exterior and interior styling inspired by the truck maker’s new design language introduced last year on the 2018 1500 pickups, Ram has unveiled its next generation of heavy duty pickups.

And while the look is new for Ram’s 2500 and 3500 pickups, the primary focus in the development of these pickups was clearly to put Ram back on top of the heap in terms of power.

Though a 6.5-liter HEMI V8 comes standard, a new 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel is an available option, generating a ridiculous 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,800 rpm along with 400 horsepower at 2,800 rpm.


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