Video: Exploring the electrified Model 579

SUNNYVALE, Calif – Peterbilt has been working on electrified vehicles for decades. There was a series electric hybrid tractor unveiled in 1998, followed in later years by parallel-electric hybrids, and a parallel-hydraulic hybrid. When the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE) concept vehicle was unveiled, it features a range-extended series hybrid powertrain.

But electrification is clearly at the top of mind these days.

“You rarely go into a customer meeting that it’s not discussed,” says Peterbilt general manager Jason Skoog.

Current prototypes developed with support from TransPower include battery-electric Model 579 drayage trucks and Model 520 refuse vehicles. A medium-duty electrified Model 220 is also in the works.

In this video, TransPower integration and service manager Matt Vito discusses the workings of the Model 579 in further detail.

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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