Based on life cycle assessments of commercial vehicles, the largest environmental footprint for PACCAR is the emissions of our products. A key element of PACCAR's environmental strategy is to offer our customers commercial vehicles that reduce their environmental impacts. The company invests in technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as highly fuel efficient diesel engines, natural gas and biofuel engines, as well as next generation electric, hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell powertrains. To develop these industry-leading products and technologies, PACCAR makes significant research and development and capital investments every year.
PACCAR’s commitment to making the highest quality, most sustainable vehicles begins with product design. Our engineers use “Design for Environment” or Eco Design software to identify non-hazardous, lighter weight materials while improving overall vehicle recyclability.
PACCAR’s Zero Emission Trucks
PACCAR's research and development efforts include several demonstration and development projects for Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF vehicles, including battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and hybrid technologies.
Peterbilt and Kenworth are collaborating with supplier partners, environmental regulators and port authorities to develop electric trucks to meet potential new requirements for zero emissions port logistics. The battery electric Peterbilt Model 579 and the hydrogen fuel cell Kenworth T680 Zero Emission Cargo Transport are accumulating miles in field tests designed to understand the economics and customer usage of these technologies, and inform future production vehicles.
Peterbilt has designed a battery electric Model 520 truck for the refuse segment. The truck’s 80-mile range and quiet operation is an excellent solution for residential neighborhood refuse operations.
DAF has developed battery electric DAF CF and DAF LF trucks, which offer zero emissions and ultra-low noise for heavy- and medium-duty urban distribution. The DAF CF Electric is a 4x2 tractor unit developed for up to 40-tonne distribution applications. The DAF LF Electric is a medium-duty truck with a modular battery pack that can be scaled to the range required by customers.
Low Carbon and Renewable Fuels
PACCAR is the market leader for natural gas heavy-duty vehicles. Based on the latest information from the research firm R.L. Polk, Kenworth and Peterbilt achieved market share of compressed natural gas heavy-duty vehicle registrations in the U.S. and Canada in 2018 over 50%.
PACCAR's MX 13 and MX 11 engines are certified to use 810/820/B30 and XTL biofuels in Europe and B20 biofuel in the U.S. Biofuel capable unit sales represent 45% of PACCAR's total global truck sales.
PACCAR has partnered with suppliers Cummins and BAE Systems to produce a Kenworth T680 natural gas hybrid-electric truck. This prototype vehicle is designed to achieve a 2S0-mile range, including a 30-mile zero emissions range, using a near-zero emissions natural gas engine and lithium-ion batteries.
DAF has developed the DAF CF Hybrid truck featuring the efficient PACCAR MX-11 engine. This vehicle can drive with fully electric power, quiet operation and zero emissions in urban areas, while offering a much longer range to operate outside of cities.
Two PACCAR teams are participating in the Department of Energy's SuperTruck II program, with ambitious goals to achieve 100% improvement in freight efficiency and 55% improvement in engine brake efficiency, improve fuel economy, reduce costs and reduce emissions. The PACCAR Technical Center, DAF and Kenworth, in collaboration with UPS, are participating in one of PACCAR's SuperTruck II projects. Peterbilt and Cummins are partnering in a separate Supertruck II project.
DAF's new XF and CF models, with highly efficient PACCAR MX engines, a new compact aftertreatment system, and sophisticated software and aerodynamic optimization, reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 7% compared with previous models.
Peterbilt and Kenworth recently introduced enhancements to the Peterbilt Model 579 EPIQ and the Kenworth T680 Advantage trucks, which reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 8% over previous models. Enhancements included the PACCAR Powertrain, lower weight, predictive cruise control and a redesigned power distribution system.
Model year 2019 Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF trucks reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions up to 14% compared to 2014 models.
PACCAR also innovates with platooning technology to provide customers and communities with more efficient freight transport with reduced emissions.
DAF Trucks has been a leader in truck platooning since early 2015 with the launch of the EcoTwin project. Platooning enables trucks to drive in close formation, leading to reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions up to 10%, and improved traffic flow. The advanced driver assistance systems used in platooning are expected to enhance road safety. DAF test drivers have driven truck platoons tens of thousands of miles on both public roads and on test tracks. In its latest platooning project, DAF is partnering with the United Kingdom Transport Research Laboratory, along with TNO, Ricardo, and DHL in truck-platooning trials in the United Kingdom.
Remanufacturing is the industrial process of returning a previously used component to “like-new” condition. Remanufacturing helps the environment by reducing waste. PACCAR’s Parts division sells remanufactured engines and many other remanufactured components.
Connected Trucks and Driver Training
The DAF Connect fleet management system gives fleet customers real-time information on vehicle and driver performance including fuel consumption, fleet utilization, idle time and route optimization. This information enables customers to improve fleet operating efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
PACCAR has introduced technologies that train drivers to operate vehicles more efficiently. Kenworth and Peterbilt's Driver Performance Assistant offers interactive in-dash coaching to drivers to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. DAF's EcoDrive Training enhances driver efficiency, resulting in up to 5% reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from every properly trained driver.