Kenworth recently launched the Kenworth T680E, the company’s first Class 8 battery-electric model. The new zero-emission truck is now available for order from Kenworth dealers in the U.S. and Canada, and will enter into production in 2021.
“The new Kenworth T680E provides our customers with a true, zero-emissions solution that will help to achieve their own green program objectives, while leveraging the excellent performance, reliability and cab comfort of our current T680 on-highway flagship model,” said Kevin Baney, general manager and PACCAR vice president.
The zero-emission Kenworth T680E has an estimated operating range of 150 miles, depending on application, and uses a CCS1 DC fast charger with maximum rate of 120 kWh and an estimated 3.3-hour charging time. Designed for pickup and delivery applications, the T680E is initially available as a day cab as either a tractor or straight truck in a 6×4 axle configuration with either a 54,000 lb. or 82,000 lb. gross vehicle weight rating.
Kenworth and Meritor collaborated on the development of the T680E, which features Meritor’s Blue Horizon 14Xe tandem electric powertrain, as well as a two-speed integrated transmission and a top speed of 70 mph.
The Kenworth T680E is equipped with 536 hp of continuous power and up to 670 hp peak power with 1,623 lb-ft of torque. Meritor’s high/low voltage power electronics, provided by TransPower, take the place of a diesel engine.