Peterbilt’s battery-electric Model 579EV is now available for customer orders with the OEM’s Peterbilt’s SmartSpec dealership sales tool.
With production of the electric truck slated to begin by Q2 2021, Peterbilt also announced that it will be eligible for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) program by the California Air Resources Board. Customers in California will be eligible for a $150,000 HVIP voucher.
The fully integrated, all-electric powertrain in the Model 579EV uses thermally-controlled lithium iron phosphate battery packs to provide a range up to 150 miles, and when used with a DC fast-charger, recharges in three to four hours.
The Model 579EV is available in a tandem drive configuration with Meritor 14Xe e-axle motors providing power through the drive inverters. Regenerative braking captures energy from stop-and-go operations to help recharge the batteries and maximize the vehicle’s range. The Model 579EV uses an enhanced dash cluster to communicate clearly all the information required for the driver to operate the electric vehicle.
“The Model 579EV features all of the aerodynamic benefits, driver comforts, superior visibility, spacious interior and safety measures the Model 579 is known for and combines them with the advanced technology of an electric powertrain, providing customers a premium, zero-emission solution for their business,” said Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president.