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The 220EV joins the 520EV and 579EV in the Peterbilt electric fleet lineup.

Peterbilt adds another truck to its growing electric lineup

Jan. 9, 2019
Peterbilt Motors Co. gave attendees of the 2019 CES show the first look at the all-electric 220EV truck.

LAS VEGAS. Peterbilt Motors Co. gave attendees of the 2019 CES show the first look at the all-electric 220EV truck.

The medium-duty model joins the previously announced 520EV and 579EV, which are all part of Peterbilt’s plan to have more than 30 electric vehicles in operation by the end of 2019.

Jason Skoog, Peterbilt's general manager, said the truck "is a great extension" to its growing electric lineup. 

“Peterbilt has been at the forefront of truck electrification, and adding the medium duty platform to our electric truck line-up was a natural evolution of our development plan,” he said.

The 220EV is powered by two TransPower battery packs with a total of 148 kWh and a Meritor Blue Horizon two-speed drive eAxle. It features a range of 100 miles and a recharge time of one hour when using a fast charging system. A full charge with a traditional system takes between 11-13 hours. 

Skoog and Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt's chief engineer, said the 220EV is an ideal option for local pick-up and delivery operations. The company plans to put six 220EVs in service with customers field test later this year. 

The company has five electric trucks already in service in real-world conditions. They have been performing well with those customers, as well as in validation testing at the Paccar Technical Center in Washington state.  

“We now have refuse, regional haul, and local pickup and delivery covered,” said Skoog. “We think those three applications are going to have the most immediate and near-term payback for our customers from [a return on investment] perspective.”

This was the second straight year Peterbilt attended the CES show. In 2018, the company displayed a Level 4 automated truck, and officials said the company continues to further develop these technologies.  

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Neil Abt

Neil Abt, editorial director at Fleet Owner, is a veteran journalist with over 20 years of reporting experience, including 15 years spent covering the trucking industry. A graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., he began his career covering sports for The Washington Post newspaper, followed by a position in the newsroom of America Online (AOL) and then both reporting and leadership roles at Transport Topics. Abt is based out of Portland, Oregon.

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