Peterbilt Debuts Zero-Emmision Heavy Duty Trucks

by Jake Tully - Published: 5/09/2017

The zero emissions trend surfaces with one of the most well-known names in trucking – Peterbilt today announced its Model 520 refuse truck demo equipped with an advanced battery-electric drive system.

The Model 520 will be debuted at the New Orleans based WasteExpo 2017, an event taking place May 8 -11.

“Peterbilt is working closely with its partners to explore the capabilities and performance of battery-electric drive systems.” Said, Peterbilt Chief Engineer, Scott Newhouse. “Customers in urban environments and applications such as drayage and refuse collection stand to benefit from the zero-emissions performance of these advanced vehicles.”

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Peterbilt’s latest model utilizes the ElecTruck system from TransPower, technology that provides power to heavy-duty commercial vehicles weighing up to 80,000 lbs.

Peterbilt notes that it is moving towards providing solutions for implementing more alternative fuel and zero-emission trucks, especially for those within the heavy refuse truck division.

In working alongside Peterbilt, TransPower Vice President of Business Development Joshua Goldman noted that the trucking company adopting alternative energy meets industry standards that are shifting towards a more green initiative.

“Powering heavy refuse trucks is a logical next step in the adaptation of our electric drive technology to vehicles requiring conversion to zero-emission operation,” said Goldman.

Designed for Peterbilt’s 520 refuse truck, Transpower’s ElecTruck uses a battery pack that generates enough energy to run for 8 hours or 65 miles on a single charge.

The Denton, Texas based company, Peterbilt has long been a provider of heavy duty trucking components and products globally, with a recent foray into alternative fuel and low-emissions vehicles.