Peterbilt, the tough as teak U.S. truck brand, will be at the forefront of the electric truck revolution.
Confirming back in May last year that their future would be, at least in part initially, electric, Peterbilt Motors Company, a PACCAR-owned brand, has taken the covers off one their first electric models.
The Peterbilt Model 220EV was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.
The all-electric medium-duty truck will go to market in the middle of 2019, initially with one single operator (who is not yet confirmed).
The 220EV joins the previously announced Model 520EV and the Model 579EV in the Peterbilt electric vehicle line-up.
It is powered by two battery packs that deliver a drive range of around 100 miles (160km).
An optional DC fast charging system will also be available to operators – though at this stage charging times are yet to be confirmed.
Peterbilt and DAF Trucks are the first brands under the PACCAR banner to announce future electric models, while Kenworth is tied up in a venture with Toyota that is studying the use of hydrogen-powered heavy-duty trucks.
Landon Sproull, PACCAR vice president, tells us the manufacturer won’t be left behind on electrification.
“PACCAR is excited about the opportunity to create the next generation of powertrains that are environmentally-friendly and enhance our customers’ operations.”
We’ll keep you updated as further PACCAR electric vehicle news comes to hand.
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