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Peterson named approved lighting vendor for Vipar HD network

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GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Peterson Manufacturing said that as of November 1, the company became an approved lighting vendor for Vipar HD, the largest heavy-duty truck parts buying group in North America.

With a distributor group of over 250 members across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, the Vipar HD network gives members constant access to the highest quality products from the industry’s leading heavy-duty parts manufacturers.

“Vipar is elated to announce the addition of a new partnership with Peterson Manufacturing,” said David Wanhala, Program Director at Vipar. “Peterson is a long-standing, made-in-the-USA brand and we are thrilled for the opportunities moving forward that their line will bring to our membership.”

Wanhala said the Vipar HD network of independent aftermarket truck parts distributors serves customer needs from some 630 locations, assuring swift delivery of well-known, premium-brand parts. Prior to being named an approved Vipar vendor, Peterson had built strong connections with Power HD, one of Vipar’s wholly owned subsidiaries, he said.

According to Matt Altenhofen, Peterson’s Territory Sales Manager who spearheaded the effort, the deal is a win-win for both parties.

“The Vipar HD buying group leads the industry and we’re proud to be a part of it,” Altenhofen said. “With Vipar’s heavy presence across North America and beyond, and with the strength of our USA-made lighting in niche markets like refuse and chassis, we both have exciting opportunities to target new markets together.”

Peterson Manufacturing is a global provider of a complete line of vehicle safety lighting, custom wiring harnesses, and many other safety-related products. As an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, Peterson Manufacturing is a key subsidiary of Peterson Corp. nine highly specialized companies and nearly 1,000 associates working in global transportation-related industries.

With headquarters in the greater Kansas City area, Peterson Manufacturing is a privately held company and has been in operation since 1945.

For more information, visit www.pmlights.com or email Director of Marketing Mark Assenmacher at massenmacher@pmlights.com.

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Kenworth and Toyota collaborate to develop zero emission trucks

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The Kenworth T680s will transport cargo across the Los Angeles basin and to inland cities — such as Ontario and San Bernardino — while generating zero emissions, other than water vapor. (Courtesy: KENWORTH TRUCK CO.)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Kenworth Truck Co. and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop 10 zero-emission Kenworth T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains.

The collaboration was revealed during CES2019 here.

This collaboration is part of a $41 million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) grant preliminarily awarded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with the Port of Los Angeles as the prime applicant.

The grant monies are part of a larger $82 million program that will put fuel cell electric tractors, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and zero emissions cargo handling equipment into operation in the ports and Los Angeles basin in 2020.

The Kenworth T680s will transport cargo across the Los Angeles basin and to inland cities — such as Ontario and San Bernardino — while generating zero emissions, other than water vapor, thanks to their fully electric hydrogen fuel cell powertrain integrations co-developed by Kenworth and Toyota.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Kenworth and Toyota to work together to both explore and drive the development of advanced zero emission technologies that will play a critical role in the commercial transportation of the future,” said Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president.

“This is not just a science experiment, the goal is to make a difference in society. To remove pollution and improve the air quality in and around the Port of Los Angeles,” said Bob Carter, executive vice president, Toyota Motor North America.

The Kenworth T680s with the Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains combine hydrogen gas and air to produce electricity. The electricity powers electric motors to move the trucks, while also charging the lithium-ion batteries to optimize performance as needed. Sophisticated power management systems will apportion the electrical power from the fuel cells to the motors, batteries, and other components, such as electrified power steering and brake air compressors. The hydrogen fuel cell electric powered Kenworth T680s will have a range of over 300 miles under normal drayage operating conditions.

The program will also fund foundational hydrogen fuel infrastructure, including two new fueling stations that, subject to a final investment decision by Equilon Enterprises LLC (dba Shell Oil Products U.S.), will be developed through Shell Oil Products U.S., to support the operation of the fuel cell electric trucks in Southern California.

For more information on Kenworth, visit www.kenworth.com.

For more information on Toyota, visit www.toyota.com.

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Mack Trucks releases ninth and final episode of RoadLife series

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Mack Trucks concluded its RoadLife series with “RoadLife Reunion,” the ninth and final episode, available now on roadlife.tv and Amazon Prime Video. The episode takes viewers behind the scenes of RoadLife production, including a special reunion event featuring the stars of the series. (Courtesy: MACK TRUCKS)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Mack Trucks has released “RoadLife Reunion,” the ninth and final episode of its RoadLife series on roadlife.tv and Amazon Prime Video.

“RoadLife Reunion” provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series, including additional footage from each episode, further acknowledging the extraordinary efforts of the hard working men and  women of the trucking industry.

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“Not many brands could genuinely develop a series like this, with well-known celebrity partners presented on equal footing with customers and drivers,” said John Walsh, vice president of marketing, Mack Trucks. “Mack’s unique combination of rich history, remarkable customers and talented storytellers brought us this incredible series.”

“RoadLife Reunion” also features interviews with the Mack marketing team members behind the series as they share how each episode came to life from storyboarding through final production. All told, the team traveled 32,325 miles over 136 days in capturing footage for the series.

The journey began in New York City, the birthplace of Mack Trucks, and continued through 31 additional cities, culminating in a reunion at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, where those featured in the series shared their distinct experiences.

“A lot of companies talk about family, but for Mack, it’s always been real,” Walsh said. “If you do business with Mack, if you’re employed by Mack, if you’re a Mack dealer, you become part of the Mack family. And everyone who took part in RoadLife is now part of that family too.”

“RoadLife Reunion,” as well as the other eight episodes in the RoadLife series, is available on roadlife.tv and Amazon Prime Video. In addition, viewers can access RoadLife bonus content on Mack Trucks’ social channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

 

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Paccar brings battery-electric, hydrogen fuel cell trucks to Vegas electronics show

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The Peterbilt Model 220EV was one of the energy-efficient trucks Paccar brought to the table at CES in Las Vegas this week.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Three zero-emission vehicles in the form of a battery-electric Peterbilt Model 579EV; a battery-electric Peterbilt Model 220EV; and a hydrogen fuel cell electric Kenworth T680 developed in collaboration with Toyota is what Paccar brought to the table this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas.

CES is one of the world’s largest showcases for the latest in technological innovation.

The trucks were designed for a range of applications, including OTR freight delivery, port operations and urban distribution.

Visitors are welcome to climb aboard the trucks and explore the advanced powertrains at Paccar’s booth, near the Westgate monorail station. In addition, visitors to the booth can learn about other Paccar technologies such as next-generation driver assistance systems, truck platooning and in-cab human-machine interfaces.

Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF are among the leaders in the development of alternative powertrain commercial vehicles. Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF are field-testing battery-electric, hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid powertrain vehicles with customers in North America and Europe. “Paccar is excited about the opportunity to create the next generation of powertrains that are environmentally-friendly and enhance our customers’ operations,” said Landon Sproull, Paccar vice president.

Kyle Quinn, Paccar chief technology officer, said Paccar is investing in the latest technology across its portfolio of products, adding that the Paccar Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, California, has enhanced the company’s access to emerging technologies and talent from around the world.

 

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