BELLEVUE, Wash., March 10, 2014 – With a finger on the pulse of private carriers, PACCAR Leasing Company (PacLease) is showcasing Kenworth and Peterbilt’s most aerodynamic models, which are loaded with safety technology and other components to bring productivity to the forefront for its customers.
The “Technology Demo” trucks – a Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt Model 579 -- are on display at the Truck Rental and Leasing Association’s annual meeting, being held this week (March 10-14) in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“A recent survey of National Private Truck Council members showed increased interest in outfitting trucks with safety technology,” said 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 feet 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 feet 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.
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. “In addition, the system provides real-time diagnostic information from all the Bendix technology,” said 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.”
While the demo trucks feature innovations from Bendix, they’re also the latest and most technologically advanced trucks that Kenworth and Peterbilt offer. “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,” said Harry. “The engine works in concert with an Eaton Ultra Shift Plus automated-manual transmission to optimize performance.”
Harry said PacLease franchises – more than 450 across the United States and Canada – can provide the technology package to its customers. “But we know each customer is unique and has different needs, so our PacLease locations will work with their customers on custom spec’ing their trucks to their specific requirements,” said Harry. “It could include some or all of the technology we’re showcasing with our demo trucks.”
Once the TRALA conference is over, Harry said 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,” said 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,” Harry said. “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.”
About PacLease and PACCAR
PACCAR Leasing Company (PacLease) is one of the fastest-growing commercial truck leasing companies in the transportation industry. PacLease has independent and company-owned full-service leasing locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. PacLease provides customized full-service lease, rental and contract maintenance programs designed to meet the specific needs of customers. A combination of reliable, custom-built trucks and complete service offerings allows customers to maximize the value of their transportation resources.
PACCAR Leasing is a part of the financial services group of PACCAR Inc, a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR shares are traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market, symbol PCAR, and its homepage can be found at www.paccar.com.
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and air brake charging and control systems and components under the Bendix brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America. An industry pioneer, employing more than 2,700 people, Bendix is driven to deliver solutions for improved vehicle safety, performance, and overall operating cost. The Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems web site can be found at www.bendix.com.
PeopleNet provides fleet mobility technology for North America’s land transportation industry that enables greater levels of safety, compliance, cost reduction and customer service. The company’s Precision Mobility Platform combines network communications, mobility and analytics to create the next-generation standard in technology-driven fleet performance and decision-making management. Its products are used by more than 1,750 truckload, LTL, private, and energy services fleets in the United States and Canada, including several Fortune 500 companies. The company aggressively develops new products that continue to improve fleet management. Industry recognition of the company’s leadership includes: Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award, Inbound Logistics Top 100 Award; Food Logistics’ 100 Top Technology Solutions and Service Providers; Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award; and M2M Value Chain Award. PeopleNet is a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division. PeopleNet was named as a key factor in Trimble’s top ranking by ABI Research’s 2013 Commercial Fleet Telematics Competitive Assessment. For more information about PeopleNet and its products, call (888) 346-3486, or visit www.peoplenetonline.com.