Peterbilt Motors Company is displaying its battery-electric Model 520EV, a low-cab forward vehicle for the refuse industry, during the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

“The Model 520EV is leading the charge in battery-electric vehicles for refuse operations,” said Jason Skoog, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Inc Vice President.  “Demonstrator units have been operating on residential and commercial routes, working a full day on a single charge, and charging overnight.  Our customers have been very impressed with the 520EV’s quiet operation, low maintenance cost and overall performance,” Skoog said.  “We are excited that customers can begin to take delivery of the Model 520EV next year.”

The Model 520EV is powered by a Meritor/TransPower Energy Storage Subsystem with a total storage capacity of 308 kWh.  It is driven by a TransPower Mid-Ship Motor Drive Subsystem with up to 430 HP, features a range of about 100 miles and a four-hour charge time.

Peterbilt also announced record production rates and sales growth for the Model 520. 

“Peterbilt has set low-cab forward truck production records five years in a row,” said Skoog.  “Since the launch of the 520 in 2017, customers across North America have put this truck into service at a record pace.  The 520 gives Peterbilt the fastest growing presence in the refuse business, and has made us a top player with a best-in-class product.”  

The 520 is designed to address every segment of the refuse industry.  The truck is available in right-hand, left-hand, right-hand standup and dual drive configurations.  The updated interior offers a quiet work environment for drivers and allows for simplified integration for body builders.  Powertrain options further the 520’s flexibility, with the availability of the PACCAR MX-11 10.8 liter Diesel engine, a natural-gas powered CUMMINS ISL12-N, as well as the battery-electric Model 520EV.

“Even at the Model 520’s record production rates, we have more capacity to satisfy the demand of our refuse customers, who continue to benefit from the performance, durability and reliability of this outstanding product,” concluded Skoog.