Kenworth, a medium and heavy duty truck manufacturer based in Kirkland, Washington, is the recipient of U.S. government grants for low emissions projects that will include a proof-of-concept CNG hybrid Kenworth T680 Day Cab, targeted for use as a drayage tractor in Southern California ports.
There are two projects, each funded at $1.9 million each by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) as the prime applicant.
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 railyards along the I-710 corridor in the Los Angeles basin.
The first T680 Day Cab will be a hybrid electric drayage truck producing near-zero emissions utilizing currently available compressed natural gas (CNG) engine to generate electrical power.
The second T680 Day Cab will feature a hydrogen fuel cell offering true zero-emissions operation.
The trucks are expected to be identical, except for their power generation systems. Both trucks will have an all-electric range of 30 miles, as well as on-board CNG and hydrogen capacity, respectively, of 100 diesel gallons equivalent.
“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.”