The Model 520EV chassis is available in two configurations to accommodate a variety of applications. - Photo: Peterbilt

The Model 520EV chassis is available in two configurations to accommodate a variety of applications.

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt announced the Model 520EV is now available for customer orders. The Model 520EV can be configured through the SmartSpec sales tool and ordered at one of Peterbilt’s dealer locations with production expected to start by second-quarter 2021.

The Model 520EV combines the traditional 520 features with the advanced technology of a zero-emission electric powertrain. The Model 520EV chassis is available in two configurations to accommodate a variety of applications.

The fully integrated, all-electric powertrain of the Model 520EV enables the thermally-controlled Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery packs to be configured in two different mounting schemes that are specifically designed for body integration with an automated side loader or a rear/front loader.

The Model 520EV features a range of 80-100 miles including 1,100 bin cycles when used with an automated side loader or 130 compactor cycles with a rear loader refuse body. The high-density LFP battery packs can recharge in three to four hours when using a recommended DC fast-charging system.

The Model 520EV utilizes Meritor 14Xe e-axles to provide power to the wheels, and is available as a tandem drive. The e-axle motors are outfitted with two-speed gearing and the e-axle wheel ends provide an additional 2:1 hub reduction, converting the power for comfortable driving speeds. Battery power is delivered to the e-axle motors through the drive inverters and regenerative braking captures energy from stop-and-go conditions to recharge the batteries and help maximize the vehicle’s range.

The dash cluster of the Model 520EV provides the driver the gauge information required of an electric vehicle.

"The Peterbilt Model 520EV is a big step towards turning our customers’ electrification dreams into reality. We believe the refuse and vocational space is a very important area for electrification and to have the first model readily available for customer orders is big win for Peterbilt,” said Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president.

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