March 11, 2014
The demo trucks – a Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt Model 579 – are loaded with safety technology and other components to bring productivity to the forefront for its customers, PacLease says.
“A recent survey of National Private Truck Council members showed increased interest in outfitting trucks with safety technology,” says Michelle Harry, Paccar Leasing’s director of marketing. “We looked at each of those trends and what fleets were seeking, then worked in partnership with Bendix and PeopleNet to showcase what’s possible with a leased truck from PacLease.”
According to Harry, the PacLease “demo” trucks feature Bendix equipped air disc brakes, which reduce stopping distance by more that 20 ft. over today’s high performance drum brakes; an ESP electronic stability system for rollover and jackknife prevention; Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology, which detects objects up to 500 ft. in front of the truck and provides braking intervention if needed; BlindSpotter side object detection, which provides audible and visual alerts if there is a vehicle in the truck’s blind spot; AutoVue lane departure, which tracks lane markings while providing a “rumble strip” noise should the vehicle drift off course; and SmarTire tire pressure monitoring, which provides low pressure and high temperature tire alerts.
PacLease says the trucks also feature PacTrac – PacLease’s on board telematics system, powered by PeopleNet. The PacTrac system features an advanced onboard event recorder, eDriver Logs, fault code monitoring, and driver communication, giving fleets the opportunity to see the advantages in-cab telematics can bring, the company says.
“In addition, the system provides real-time diagnostic information from all the Bendix technology,” says Harry. “The data generated from PacTrac and the Bendix safety systems are tied together; a report can then be generated to show driver performance, plus relay any situations where the Bendix systems triggered a driver alert.”
And while the demo trucks feature innovations from Bendix, they’re also the latest and most technologically advanced trucks that Kenworth and Peterbilt offer, PacLease says.
“The Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt Model 579 are the truck manufacturers’ most aerodynamic models and they’re powered by the Paccar MX-13 engine rated at 485-hp, which provides up to a 3.5 percent boost in fuel economy over the previous generation Paccar engine,” says Harry. “The engine works in concert with an Eaton Ultra Shift Plus automated-manual transmission to optimize performance.”
Once the TRALA conference is over, Harry says the two PacLease trucks will hit the road, joining another “technology” spec’d Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt Model 579 for week-long demonstrations at customer sites.
“The trucks have been utilized in fleet operations as demos since December,” says Harry. “The response has been tremendous and it’s why we will be showcasing the technology demo trucks and PacLease services for several more months.
“They’re a great way to tell our story of how we custom tailor our trucks to meet the needs of our customers in a full-service lease package.”