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CES is all about new technologies. I mentioned already the many new personal car concepts. But there is also news about trucks for the present and the future.


One of the exhibiting companies is PACCAR. They make trucks under the brand names Kenworth, Peterbilt and European brand DAF.

Photo: he PACCAR booth, showing Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF

Self driving is not only for private cars. One of the trucks shown at CES is also ‘self driving’. There is a lot of sensors, camera’s and radar on such a truck. I wonder or they still have a place to put on a CB antenna.

At some point there will be a person driving such an autonomous driving truck and we all want to talk to colleague’s.
But before there is autonomous driving we have to get used to driver assistance technologies, also for trucks.


Photo: Self driving truck from brand Peterbilt

For the moment the biggest switch is to produce trucks that have no CO2 emissions. There are two options in the trucking industry. Paccar was showing an E-truck from Kenworth. For now this model has a range of approx. 250+ kilometers and a top speed of 110 km/hour.
More info about Kenworth EV truck T680E can be found on their website:

Photo: Kenworth EV truck model T680E

Driving an EV truck is one thing, but you also need chargers for trucks. The battery can store nearly 400 kW and can be charged with 150 kW charge rate. For charging you need chargers and Paccar is offering also EV charging stations.

Photo: Paccar EV-truck charging system

Paccar does not only produce fixed chargers. They also make a mobile EV charger. Can be used for trucks that need charging when no charger is at that spot. Or think about a hotel or parking garage that offers a ‘mobile’ charging service for private cars.
I would love to have this thing at home as a battery for my solar panels !!!!

Photo: Mobile EV-charger


Also from the brand Kenworth, they showed a ‘Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle’.
These types are also called ‘H2 hydrogen’ models . The range of this model is approx. 350 km.

Photo: Kenworth H2 Hydrogen truck

The hydrogen tank is placed after the drivers cabine. Let us hope these tanks are well protected and the used techniques make sure that they can not explode.

Photo Hydrogen tank placed behind the truck cabine

It is clear that the market for personal cars will change dramatically in the next 10 years. But also the truck market will have incredible changes.

The Hydrogen and EV trucks from Paccar are already available and driving on USA roads.

Take a look at what the truck industry has to offer already at this moment.

Kenworth:  https://kenworth.com/innovation/zero-emissions/

Peterbilt: https://www.peterbilt.com/innovation/technology

Paccar: https://paccarinnovation.com/

Photo: The future for trucks is on the move


One of the big truck brands in Europe is the Dutch brand DAF. Years ago the American company PACCAR purchased the DAF company. Paccar also owns famous USA truck brands like Kenworth and Peterbilt.

PACCAR is Paccar, Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF

At CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Paccar showed some projects they are working on. Basically there are two main directions they go for now:

Medium Duty, Heavy Duty and Autnomous Trucks

They work on solutions for the truck segments ‘medium duty’ and ‘heavy duty’. There are solutions already available or these will be available soon. At the convention they showed an electric garbage truck that had zero emission.

Electric Garbage Truck

But also for the heavy duty trucks they are developing zero emission solutions. It is interesting to see the number of cables and their size that are used to bring the power from the batteries in large boxes to the electric motor. Paccar calls their system the ’Paccar integrated Power Train’.


Paccar does not yet believe in trucks without a driver. They do research in the State of Washington for full autonomous truck driving. They need to do this to get all the possible knowledge for driver supporting systems and potential autonomous driving for trucks.. Even if that will be used only on main roads and not in the cities or on company sites.


There is a lot of writing and talking about autonomous driving. But imagine a car or a truck in a city like Amsterdam with small streets and badly parked cars. But also the thousands of bikes and pedestrians. Many of these do not care too much about traffic lights. It is already difficult for a human to drive there without having an accident. For an autonomous car it is totally impossible.

So driver support systems are already available and will get better in the future. Driving a Tesla I personally experience that the systems gets better with each update. But full autonomous cars without a driver is a very long way to go.


Each year, early January, is the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. At CES products and services are introduced that will be available for the general public in the coming years.  Audio, video, computers, robots, drones and now-a-days also self driving cars.

But it was surprise for me to see at CES the company Paccar, the mother company of the Dutch truck building company DAF and the famous USA truck brands Kenworth and Peterbilt.
Since long time the CES is more than a consumer electronics show. It is an event that informs about all the innovations going on in the world today.

Paccar has their own innovation center in Silicon Valley. One of the things they study there is the use of drones to deliver spare parts to mechanics on the spot.
The idea is that when a truck brakes down a mechanic goes on the road to get the truck repaired and driving again. But it is impossible for a mechanic to have all the spare parts in the service van. So if he calls the service center a drone should be used to deliver the desired spare part to fix the truck.

First Paccar did a research to all of their spare parts. It seemed that 87% of the spares was under 4,5 Kg (10 lbs) .
On the photo you see a regular professional drone with a plastic box under it.
The box should be able to hold the spare part. The weight of 4,5 kg should be no problem, nor the dimensions of the plastic box to hold one of these 87% of the spare parts.

It sounds all simple, but there are many problems before this drone delivery will be reality. The distance the drone that was showed can cover is 14 Km (9 miles). But according to US law it can only be used when the drone is in sight, That means a maximum reach from approx 1,5 km (1 mile).
But even if the distance is 14 km, it is a 10 minute ride for a car to deliver the spare part. Does it make sense to use a drone in those circumstances?
It is only one of many questions, no one knows what the future will bing.

Drone delivery within the pilot’s line of sight (LOS) expands in rural areas.
2018   Deadline for FAA’s new drone delivery rules
2019   NASA plans to release recommendations around air traffic control systems for drones.
2020   Limited commercial deliveries start with autonomous flights.
2021   Commercial drone deliveries begin in parts of the USA as air traffic control and autonomous flight systems mature, enabling more complex delivery operations.

ONLY TIME WILL TELL what the future will bring us, but CES made clear again than many exiting things start to happen the coming years also within the trucking industry.