Peterbilt taking custom orders for new electric truck

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Updated Jan 29, 2021

Peterbilt Model 520EV RefusePeterbilt continues its busy month in the electric truck space.

The company announced Friday its new Model 520EV is now available for customer orders. The Model 520EV can be configured through the SmartSpec sales tool and ordered at one of Peterbilt’s dealer locations with production expected to start by the second quarter of 2021, the company says.

This announcement follows last week’s news that the Peterbilt Model 579EV also is now available for order.

The Model 520EV combines the standout features the Peterbilt Model 520 is known for with the advanced technology of a zero-emission electric powertrain, providing customers an unbeatable solution for their business, the company says. The Model 520EV chassis is available in two configurations to accommodate a variety of applications.

The company says the fully integrated, all-electric powertrain of the Model 520EV is designed for optimal weight distribution and performance with a unique design that enables the thermally-controlled Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery packs to be configured in two different mounting schemes that are specifically designed for body integration with an automated side loader or a rear/front loader.

“The Peterbilt Model 520EV is a big step towards turning our customers’ electrification dreams into reality. We believe the refuse and vocational space is a very important area for electrification and to have the first model readily available for customer orders is big win for Peterbilt,” says Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice president.

Peterbilt says the Model 520EV features a range of 80-100 miles, including 1,100 bin cycles when used with an automated side loader or 130 compactor cycles with a rear loader refuse body. The state-of-the-art, high-energy density LFP battery packs can recharge in 3-4 hours when using a recommended DC fast-charging system, making the 520EV ideal for the predictable routes seen in refuse applications, the company says.

Additionally, the Model 520EV uses Meritor 14Xe e-axles to provide power to the wheels, and is available as a tandem drive. The e-axle motors are outfitted with two-speed gearing and the e-axle wheel ends provide an additional 2:1 hub reduction, converting the power for comfortable driving speeds. Battery power is delivered to the e-axle motors through the drive inverters and regenerative braking captures energy from stop-and-go conditions to recharge the batteries and help maximize the vehicle’s range, the company says.

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