Peterbilt taking orders for Model 220EV

by Today's Trucking

Peterbilt is now taking orders on its Model 220EV battery-electric vehicle.

The medium-duty offering comes in Class 6 or 7 configurations, and has a range of up to 320 km on a full charge.

The power comes via an electric motor that draws on two lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery packs delivering 618 volts. Using a DC fast-charging system, the battery packs can recharge in one to two hours, Peterbilt says.

(Photo: Peterbilt)

A 141 kWH system offers a 160 km range, while the 282 kWH energy storage will offer the 320 km range.

A related power electronics cradle – mounted where the engine would normally be found — houses the on-board charger, battery disconnects, cab heater unit, and air compressor.

The batteries themselves are mounted outside the frame rails, relying on a chiller to provide consistent temperatures.

Range is maximized through regenerative braking.

The Class 6 HV2600 offers 154 kW (207 hp) of continuous power, and up to 250 kW (355 hp) of peak power. The Class 7 offers 259 kW (347 hp) of continuous power and 250 kW (469 hp) of peak power.

The vehicle will recharge in 7.5-15 hours using AC power and a 19.2KW power rating, while the DC fast charger and 150 kW power rating will reduce that to one or two hours. The standard charging location is at the back of cab, although there is the option of mounting at the end of frame.

The cab offers a 63.4-inch BBC, 95-inch cabin width, and 104-inch cabin height. The passenger seat options include a standard two-person bench or optional single-person air ride.  

The OEM currently has 30 electric vehicles in service.

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