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Kenworth announces production schedule for Class 8 trucks specified with new Cummins X15N engine

Kenworth produces T680 and T880 models with Cummins' natural gas engines

May 17, 2024
The Cummins X15N, powered by compressed natural gas, renewable natural gas, or liquefied natural gas, is the industry’s first 15-liter natural gas engine that delivers diesel-like power, range, and performance, making it an attractive option for short-, regional-, and long-haul operations.

Kenworth has announced that it will begin production of its T680 and T880 models equipped with  Cummins' X15N natural gas engines in the third quarter of 2024.

The Cummins X15N, powered by compressed natural gas, renewable natural gas, or liquefied natural gas, is the industry’s first 15-liter natural gas engine that delivers diesel-like power, range, and performance, making it an attractive option for short-, regional-, and long-haul operations. The X15N produces between 400-500 hp with up to 1,850 lb.-ft. of torque and is compatible with Eaton Cummins Endurant and Allison transmissions.

“We’re thrilled to soon begin production of Kenworth trucks with the Cummins X15N natural gas engine,” said Kevin Haygood, Kenworth assistant general manager of sales and marketing. “This new engine offering will be a great alternative solution for Kenworth customers seeking to reduce emissions in applications that require the power and performance they’re accustomed to with diesel engines.”

The Cummins X15N meets EPA emission requirements and CARB 2024 low NOx standards and features up to a 10% improvement in fuel economy over Cummins’ 12-liter natural gas engine with similar rating and duty cycle. Kenworth is the first major truck manufacturer to offer an engine that meets CARB’s NOx emission standards.

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“We’re pleased to partner with Kenworth and Paccar to deliver the industry’s first trucks with this new 15-liter natural gas engine,” said José Samperio, Cummins VP and GM for North America. “The X15N delivers the performance, durability, and power required in a variety of heavy-duty and vocational applications and is an excellent alternative for fleets looking to significantly reduce their carbon footprint.”

With the Cummins X15N, like with all natural gas-powered Kenworth trucks, customers can select factory frame drilling options for back-of-cab Cummins Clean Fuel Technologies or Hexagon Agility CNG/RNG fuel systems.

"The X15N marks a significant milestone for long-haul heavy-duty truck fleets, offering an engine that facilitates high payload, extended range, and excellent fuel economy, all critical factors in expanded adoption," said Ian MacDonald, VP of America Sales for Hexagon Agility. "Now, more than ever is the time for heavy-duty trucks to make the switch from diesel to natural gas."

Additional non-factory fuel systems are available to ensure flexibility for any application or configuration of the natural gas fuel system, including rail-mounted and body-mounted fuel storage. Back-of-cab natural gas fuel delivery systems can deliver up to a 175 diesel-gallon equivalent, making the X15N an efficient diesel alternative for customers that require longer range and power from their engine.

“The integration of the Cummins Clean Fuel Technologies fuel delivery system and X15N engine give Kenworth customers an added level of serviceability of both the engine and fuel delivery system because guidance for all service procedures is available on Cummins platforms like QuickServe Online,” said Mike Zimmerman, Cummins Clean Fuel Technologies GM. “We think this powertrain combination enhances the overall value proposition of the vehicle, and we’re excited to work with Kenworth and Cummins to continue to bring value to the customers.”

Earlier this year, Kenworth delivered a pre-production T680 Daycab equipped with the X15N engine to UPS, marking the industry’s first truck with the new natural gas engine to be delivered.

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