Kenworth Truck Co. of Kirkland, WA added a new truck to its line of environmentally friendly vehicles. The Kenworth T800 LNG runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Kenworth is using LNG technology developed by Westport Innovations Inc. of Vancouver, BC. “The Kenworth T800, equipped with a Cummins ISX and Westport HPDI fuel system, offers an industry-leading solution with world-class low emissions and greenhouse gases, while delivering outstanding horsepower, torque and efficiency comparable to a diesel engine,” says Bob Christensen, Kenworth’s general manager and PACCAR vice president.
The debut of the Kenworth T800 coincides with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announcement to approve a new $1.6 billion Clean Truck Superfund. The fund will assist in replacing many of the 16,800 Class 8 trucks serving the ports with LNG-powered vehicles. The ports also introduced a ban that will remove all pre-2007 trucks by 2012.
The Kenworth T800 LNG runs on liquefied natural gas.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.