Kenworth T370 hybrids begin work in New York City parks
As part of the city’s goal to curb carbon dioxide by 30 percent by 2017, the New York City Parks Department has put 17 T370 diesel-electric hybrid trucks from Kirkland, Wash.-based Kenworth into service. Sixty-four percent of the department’s fleet of vehicles is already running on some sort of alternative fuel, said Keith Kerman, assistant commissioner for the parks department. “By the end of 2010, we’re projected to be up to 72 percent,” he said.
The trucks include eight with rack bodies and lift gates and the rest with 5-yard dump bodies. The New York City Parks Department oversees 29,000 acres that are divided among 2,000 parks and more than 500 ball fields. “The Kenworth T370 hybrid dump trucks are targeted to haul dirt, sand and clay to ball fields, as well as for general assignment work,” Kerman says. “The T370s with rack bodies are our do-all vehicle and can support a wide range of park activities — from pruning to general maintenance.”