» Coca-Cola Enterprises To Purchase Hybrid Trucks From Kenworth
As part of its overall commitment to energy conservation and climate change, Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) plans to deploy an incremental 185 hybrid electric trucks across the United States and Canada in 2009, bringing its total number of hybrid electric delivery trucks to 327, the largest such fleet in North America.
The Atlanta-based soft drink maker is purchasing the trucks from Kenworth Truck Co., Kirkland, WA. This is Kenworth’s largest hybrid truck order ever. CCE has ordered 150 Kenworth T370 diesel-electric tractors and 35 Kenworth T370 hybrid trucks, all of which will be on the road this year.
The Kenworth T370 tractors (rated at 55,000 lb. GCW) are the largest hybrid delivery trucks on the road.
CCE 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.
The Kenworth T370 hybrid trucks (rated at 33,000 lb. GVW) will be deployed to Albuquerque; Boston; Cincinnati; Columbus, OH; Jacksonville, FL; Knoxville, TN; Las Vegas; Missoula, MO; New Orleans; and Seattle, joining CCE’s fleet of 120 Kenworth 12-bay hybrid delivery trucks.
“Coca-Cola Enterprises’ commitment to deploy fuel-saving Kenworth hybrid tractors and trucks into the North American market is an outstanding demonstration of corporate responsibility and sustainability,” says Bill Kozek, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president.
“We are very pleased to partner with Coca-Cola Enterprises to save fuel and reduce emissions,” adds Kozek.
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 United States and Canada last year.
“The Kenworth hybrids are performing well, with a more than 30 percent improvement in both fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, compared to standard beverage delivery trucks,” says Gary Kapusta, the company’s vice president of indirect procurement.
Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Kenworth T370 hybrids are equipped with a PACCAR PX-6 engine, rated up to 280 hp and up to 660 lb-ft of torque and the Eaton diesel-electric hybrid power system. The hybrids also have an integral transmission-mounted motor/generator and frame-mounted 340-volt, lithium-ion battery pack.
Advanced powertrain controls monitor driving conditions and automatically select the ideal power mode, smoothly switching among electric only, combined diesel and electric, and diesel only power modes. Electricity generated through regenerative braking is stored and used for acceleration, assisting the diesel engine.
The hybrid system is monitored through a dash display. As the power requirements for different driving conditions change, the screen constantly updates the driver on system status.
» Wal-Mart Joins Hanson’s Consolidation Program
Hanson Logistics has been accepted as a third-party consolidator for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s suppliers, serving the nation’s largest retailer through its Chicago Consolidation Center and Velocities’ MVC.
Launched in 2006, the Hanson Velocities’ Multi-Vendor Consolidation (MVC) program leverages Hanson transportation management services and the strategic location of the Chicago consolidation center to provide cost-effective truckload distribution services to retailers and foodservice companies.
In the Wal-Mart vendor pool, refrigerated and frozen food suppliers maintain forward inventory at the Hanson Logistics Chicago consolidation center. When Wal-Mart places replenishment orders, Hanson picks those orders from all suppliers and consolidates them into truckload shipments.