Paccar takes electric Kenworth, connected DAF XG+ and self-driving Peterbilt to CES Las Vegas

Paccar used CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas to showcase its technological ideas for electric, connected and autonomous commercial vehicles. 

DAF’s parent company exhibited three vehicles with a battery electric Kenworth T680E complete with Paccar’s own battery charger; a DAF XG+ with its connected services and a Peterbilt Model 579 equipped with the Aurora self-driving system.  

Speaking about the Kenworth T680E battery electric truck, Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president, said: “The T680E’s range of 150 miles and fast charge time using Paccar’s battery charging solution are optimised for regional haul and urban distribution applications.” 

While DAF president Harry Wolters said:  “Paccar Connect will enhance our customers’ experience by providing robust data security, over the air software updates, and advanced fleet management tools, while enabling customers to cost effectively integrate their existing fleet management systems and applications.”  

 The Peterbilt 579 on display was fitted with Paccar’s autonomous technology and configured with the self-driving system developed by self-driving technology company Aurora and has a new exterior design with a more aerodynamic shape, a quieter cab and a customisable 15-inch digital display.  

Gower Brewery pulling pints with new Canter

Gower Brewery has returned to Fuso for a new 7.5-tonne Canter, replacing a model bought in 2013.

The 7C15 Canter will be used by the award-winning brewery based in Pen-clawdd to make next-day deliveries of bottled beers, kegs and casks to pubs and small supermarkets within an 80-mile radius.

Supplied by South Wales dealer Euro Commercials, the Canter has a Dhollandia column tail-lift with 1,000 kg capacity, printed curtains by Fred Smith & Sons of West Bromwich and a 360-degree CameraMatics system.

Gower Brewery has taken the vehicle on a finance agreement with a service contract that includes inspections at the dealer’s Swansea branch.

Chris Mabbett, Gower Brewery director, said: “Our first Canter was exceptionally good. We don’t cover huge mileages but it never let us down. The previous Canter carried a full 4 tonnes. Its heavier body means the new truck has a slightly reduced payload of 3.7 tonnes, but that’s still a lot more than we’d get on most competitors’ chassis, and we’ll use it to the full.”

 He added: “Some of the pubs we supply are on narrow streets and difficult to access, so the fact that the Canter is also a good bit smaller than other vehicles in its class and very agile too, is another big advantage.”