Commercial Vehicles

Peterbilt adds medium duty electric truck to range


Truck manufacturer Peterbilt has just presented the mid-size 220EV electric model at CES 2019, which compliments their 520EV and 579EV all-electric trucks announced in May. In total, Peterbilt say they will have more than 30 electric trucks in trials with customers by the end of 2019.

Let’s first take a look at the previously published data on the 220EV: The electric truck will have two battery packs from TransPower with a total capacity of 148 kWh and will be powered by a two-speed drive eAxle from Meritor.

The commercial vehicle manufacturer estimates that the 220EV will have a range of 100 miles (160 km). The charging process will take place within “a few hours”. According to Peterbilt, deliveries of the model will start this summer. A total of six units are expected to go into operation this year at a major customer whose name has not yet been revealed. Also the other two electric truck types are currently undergoing customer trials.

Peterbilt General Manager Jason Skoog said “adding the medium-duty platform to our electric truck line-up was a natural evolution of our development plan. We will now have trucks in the three applications where electric powertrains may have a return on investment for our customers”. In addition to the planned customer trials, the new truck will also undergo validation tests at the PACCAR Technology Center in Mount Vernon, Washington.

Peterbilt will begin delivering the 220EV electric truck this summer.


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