Peterbilt reveals new electric medium-duty vehicle

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Peterbilt Motors Company gave attendees to CES a first look at its all-electric medium-duty truck – the Model 220EV.

The 220EV joins the previously announced Model 520EV and the Model 579EV in the Peterbilt electric vehicle line-up. In all, Peterbilt will have more than 30 electric vehicles in operation by the end of 2019 with customers representing the refuse, regional haul, and city delivery applications.

“Peterbilt has been at the forefront of truck electrification, and adding the medium-duty platform to our electric truck line-up was a natural evolution of our development plan,” said Peterbilt general manager Jason Skoog. “We will now have trucks in the three applications where electric powertrains may have a return on investment for our customers.

“Today, we have Model 520EVs and Model 579EVs on the road with customers, experiencing real-world environments and performing well. In addition to the customer field trials, Peterbilt is engaged in validation testing at the Paccar Technical Center (PTC) in Mount Vernon, Washington. Data collected during customer trials and testing at PTC will be used to ensure that Peterbilt EVs meet the same rigorous standards as our current trucks.”

The zero-emission 220EV is powered by two TransPower battery packs with a total of 148kWh and a Meritor Blue-Horizon 2-speed drive eAxle. It features a range of more than 100 miles (160km) and a recharge time of a few hours, making it an ideal option for local pick-up and delivery operations.

“Just like any Peterbilt, an electric version will be the class of the industry, delivering a durable and reliable truck with low total cost of ownership to truck owners, combined with the premium experience truck drivers expect from a Peterbilt,” added Skoog.

Peterbilt will begin delivering the 220EV in the summer of 2019.

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