4 Gen Logistics, a provider of drayage services at ports and logistics terminals in California, has placed an order for 20 Kenworth T680E electric trucks.
David Duncan is an owner of 4 Gen Logistics and a VP of Phoenix-based Duncan and Son Lines. The two companies currently operate a combined 147 Kenworth T680s. He decided to order the electric version after test-driving one at a recent Kenworth customer event. “I was very impressed,” he said. “I especially noticed that the T680E is very quiet and responsive.”
The Kenworth T680E is designed for pickup and delivery, regional haul and drayage applications, and is available in a day cab configuration as either a tractor or straight truck. It has an 82,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating and an estimated 150-mile range, depending on the application.
To help support the purchase of the 20 EVs, 4 Gen Logistics qualified for voucher incentives through the California Air Resource Board (CARB) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). The company also applied for grant money from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) in Southern California.
“We worked closely with David through the Kenworth EV grants and incentive program to help find and secure funding assistance toward the company’s T680E purchases,” said Jim Walenczak, Kenworth Assistant General Manager for Sales and Marketing.
“We take pride in being early adopters of the latest technologies the industry offers, and we look forward to being one of Kenworth’s first customers to place the Kenworth T680E into operation,” Duncan said. “4 Gen is committed to becoming a zero-emissions fleet by 2025—10 years before California requires drayage trucks operating in the state to achieve that standard.”
Kenworth also offers the Class 6 K270E and Class 7 K370E cab-over electric trucks, which are designed for pickup and delivery and short regional haul operations. The electric powertrain is available with battery packs of 141, 209 and 282 kWh, which deliver ranges of 100, 150 and 200 miles, respectively.