Peterbilt has completed nearly 40,000 real-world miles with its fleet of 16 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). “With this milestone, we continue our leadership position in the industry,” said Jason Skoog, PACCAR Vice President and Peterbilt General Manager. “No other OEM has three models of BEVs in service with customers, handling a variety of applications,” added Skoog.
“Mileage accumulation is an important component of the validation process leading up to our low-volume production starting in the fourth quarter of 2020,” added Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt Chief Engineer. “All three platforms are performing well and customers are starting to see the benefits of these advanced vehicles.”
As of the end of 2019, Peterbilt’s fleet includes Model 579EVs in drayage and regional haul applications as well as Model 520EVs in refuse applications. Additional vehicles will be put into service in the first half of 2020 in drayage, regional haul, medium duty pickup and delivery applications including the deployment of the Model 220EV.
Pricing and option availability for BEVs is still on track to be available on the Peterbilt’s SmartSpec® sales tool in the second quarter of 2020. Low volume production will begin in late 2020 for the Model 220EV and Model 579EV, followed by the Model 520EV in 2021.
“PACCAR and Peterbilt are leading the charge in the implementation of advanced technologies in the service of our customers,” concluded Skoog.