PETERBILT STANDARDIZES AIR DISC BRAKES ON ALL PETERBILT MODELS
Louisville, KY (March 30, 2011)
Peterbilt Motors Company announces the standardization of air disc brakes on all Peterbilt Class 8 Models. Air disc brakes offer the shortest stopping distances in the market today and provide a compact design, minimizing weight, reducing maintenance and improving both vehicle and operator efficiency. Peterbilt is the first to go standard with air disc brakes across its full line up Class 8 vehicles.
“Air disc brakes are the premium choice for fleets looking to improve driver productivity and minimize downtime,” said Bill Jackson, PACCAR vice president and Peterbilt general manager. “Standard air disc brakes on all our Peterbilt models ensures we are providing all our customers a solution to comply with the government’s reduced stopping distance regulations going into effect this August, as well as a feature that has a positive effect on their bottom line.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new braking standard requirements in July 2009, requiring tractor-trailers that are traveling at 60 MPH to be able to come to a complete stop within 250 feet when loaded to the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The old standard required a complete stop within 355 feet. For a small number of very heavy, severe service tractors, the new stopping distance requirement will be 310 feet at the same speed and load. Additionally, all heavy truck tractors must stop within 235 feet when loaded to their lightly loaded vehicle weight. NHTSA estimates that the new braking requirement will save 227 lives annually, prevent 300 serious injuries, and reduce property damage costs by over $169 million annually. The new reduced stopping distance standards go into effect August 1, 2011.
Air disc brakes have a dual, internally adjusted piston design that offers precise automatic brake adjustment and minimal brake force variation for maximum straight line stability. Optimized friction pairing provides minimal noise and maximized pad and rotor life, which results in extended service intervals, minimal downtime and reduced maintenance costs.
In addition, Peterbilt has also upgraded the rotors provided with air disc brakes to a newer “splined” design, which will also be standard. The new splined rotor design provides reduced weight up to 50 pounds for a Conventional Class 8 vehicle, improved durability with more resistance to high temperatures, and common parts for both steer and drive axles for simplified maintenance.
About Peterbilt Motors Company
Based in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt Motors Company combines a global reputation for industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficiency solutions, with superior quality to engineer a truck that stands as the "Class" of the industry. Through its 260-plus North American dealer locations, Peterbilt also provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs to complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Customers enjoy industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited QuickCare services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com.
Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.