Kenworth Truck Company's largest-ever order for diesel-electric and hybrid trucks includes 150 Kenworth T370 diesel-electric tractors and 35 T370 hybrid trucks. All of which are expected to be on the road in 2009 as part of the Coca-Cola Enterprises fleet.
The Kenworth T370 tractors are rated at 55,000 pounds Gross Combination Weight (GCW) and are, according to Kenworth, the largest hybrid delivery truck on the road in North America.
Coca-Cola Enterprises uses tractors as its standard bulk delivery truck for large deliveries, and plans to deploy the Kenworth hybrid tractors to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Portland (OR), San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC.
The Kenworth T370 hybrid trucks (rated at 33,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight) will be deployed to Albuquerque, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Jacksonville (FL), Knoxville, Las Vegas, Missoula, New Orleans, and Seattle. They join 120 Kenworth 12-bay hybrid delivery trucks already in the Coca-Cola Enterprises fleet.
Coca-Cola Enterprises has achieved increased fuel efficiency and decreased emissions on its original order of 120 Kenworth T370 hybrid beverage delivery trucks deployed throughout the US and Canada last year. “The Kenworth hybrids are performing well, with a more than 30% improvement in both fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, compared to standard beverage delivery trucks,” said Gary Kapusta, the company’s vice president of indirect procurement.