Kenworth And Peterbilt's medium-duty trucks will be electrified using a EV solution from Dana.

Electric truck manufacturers Kenworth and Peterbilt (both are part of PACCAR) announced an electric truck powertrain development program with Dana.

Kenworth is working on medium duty EVs and the first prototype - Kenworth K270E - was shown at the 2020 CES in Las Vegas, alongside prototype Level 4 Autonomous Kenworth T680 semi.

According to the company, the all-electric Class 6 Kenworth K270E and Class 7 K370E cabovers with Dana tech will be available with range options between 100 and 200 miles (160 and 320 km) and DC fast charging in about an hour.

In 2020, Kenworth plans to produce up to 100 medium-duty cabover electric trucks.

Kenworth's approach is to use a complete EV solution from Dana, which includes basically everything from the electric motor, through power electronics, battery packs and software:

"The zero-emissions Kenworth K270E cabover on exhibit at CES is equipped with Dana-designed e-Powertrain system that is fully integrated and upfitted to the Kenworth chassis. Configured as a direct drive system, the vehicle utilizes a Spicer® Electrified™ e-propulsion system, and a standard Dana drive axle and driveshaft. Dana also supplies an e-power system, which generates, stores, and manages the energy for the vehicle and consists of electrified auxiliary systems, an on-board charger, and two battery packs. Dana-developed software and controls enable the diagnostics and telemetry of the complete system.

The electric powertrain will be available with range options between 100 and 200 miles. The state-of-the-art, high-energy density battery packs can be recharged in about an hour using the vehicle’s DC fast-charging system, making both the Class 6 Kenworth K270E and Class 7 K370E cabovers ideal for local pickup and delivery, as well as short regional haul operations."

Kenworth K270E
Kenworth K270E

Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president said:

“This is an important next step in our evolution of an electric powertrain. Dana is an industry leader in electrified modules and systems supported by in-house vehicle integration expertise. Kenworth plans to produce up to 100 medium duty cabover electric trucks in 2020,”.

Mark Wallace, president of Commercial Vehicle Drive Technologies for Dana said:

“As demand for clean, electric-powered vehicles continues to grow, we are pleased to collaborate with Kenworth by providing the design, integration, and upfit of the complete e-powertrain for the K270E electric truck. Kenworth’s commitment to providing advanced vehicle technologies, combined with our proficiency in delivering end-to-end turnkey electric systems, will result in high-efficiency solutions that greatly reduce the total cost of ownership for vehicle operators.”

Peterbilt

Similarly, Peterbilt announced electrification of its Peterbilt 220EV model by integrating Dana's Spicer Electrified e-propulsion system, two battery packs and an on-board charger.

"The 220EV features a range between 100 and 200 miles. Using the vehicle's DC fast-charging system, the state-of-the-art, high-energy density battery packs can recharge in about an hour, making the 220EV ideal for local pickup and delivery, as well as short regional haul operations."

Peterbilt 220EV
Peterbilt 220EV

Jason Skoog, PACCAR Vice President and Peterbilt General Manager said:

"Peterbilt continues to lead the charge by providing the industry's largest lineup of electric vehicles. Announcing the Dana electric powertrain for the Model 220EV finalizes our path forward for the Medium Duty pickup and delivery market. We will be ready to meet the growing demand of our customers who want to incorporate zero-emissions vehicles into this application,".

Mark Wallace, president of Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies for Dana said:

"We are pleased to collaborate with Peterbilt by providing the complete e-powertrain, including the integration, and upfit for the Model 220EV electric vehicle. Combining Peterbilt's advanced technologies with our own expertise in delivering end-to-end turnkey electric systems, will result in highly-efficient solutions that will lead to low total cost of ownership."

Together with the previously unveiled 520EV and 579EV (equipped with Meritor's powertrain and TransPower's battery systems), Peterbilt would have few EV options on hand.

Peterbilt 520EV
Peterbilt 520EV
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Kenworth Announces Collaboration with Dana on Electric Truck Powertrain Development

Kenworth Features K270E Battery Electric Vehicle and Level 4 Autonomous T680 in PACCAR Booth at 2020 CES

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, January 7, 2020 - Kenworth and Dana today announced their collaboration on electric powertrain development for medium duty Kenworth battery electric vehicles. The announcement was made in conjunction with CES that opened today in Las Vegas.

Kenworth K270E Battery Electric Vehicle

Kenworth is displaying a Kenworth K270E battery electric vehicle – the initial result of that collaboration ¬– in the PACCAR booth (#CP-24) during CES this week.

The zero-emissions Kenworth K270E cabover on exhibit at CES is equipped with Dana-designed e-Powertrain system that is fully integrated and upfitted to the Kenworth chassis. Configured as a direct drive system, the vehicle utilizes a Spicer® Electrified™ e-propulsion system, and a standard Dana drive axle and driveshaft. Dana also supplies an e-power system, which generates, stores, and manages the energy for the vehicle and consists of electrified auxiliary systems, an on-board charger, and two battery packs. Dana-developed software and controls enable the diagnostics and telemetry of the complete system.

The electric powertrain will be available with range options between 100 and 200 miles. The state-of-the-art, high-energy density battery packs can be recharged in about an hour using the vehicle’s DC fast-charging system, making both the Class 6 Kenworth K270E and Class 7 K370E cabovers ideal for local pickup and delivery, as well as short regional haul operations.

“This is an important next step in our evolution of an electric powertrain. Dana is an industry leader in electrified modules and systems supported by in-house vehicle integration expertise. Kenworth plans to produce up to 100 medium duty cabover electric trucks in 2020,” said Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president.

“As demand for clean, electric-powered vehicles continues to grow, we are pleased to collaborate with Kenworth by providing the design, integration, and upfit of the complete e-powertrain for the K270E electric truck,” said Mark Wallace, president of Commercial Vehicle Drive Technologies for Dana. “Kenworth’s commitment to providing advanced vehicle technologies, combined with our proficiency in delivering end-to-end turnkey electric systems, will result in high-efficiency solutions that greatly reduce the total cost of ownership for vehicle operators.”

Level 4 Autonomous Kenworth T680

Kenworth is also exhibiting a Level 4 Autonomous Kenworth T680 in the PACCAR booth at CES this week.

The proof-of-concept truck was conceived and constructed at the PACCAR Innovation Center. PACCAR has worked with leading experts in the field of high-definition mapping, localization, perception and path planning to deliver an integrated autonomous solution. The special Kenworth T680 is equipped with cameras, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors, and radars to sense the surrounding road environment and to feed fusion algorithms in the perception stack for object identification and tracking.

A Global Navigation Satellite System with an Inertial Measurement Unit combined with LiDAR Point Cloud on a high-definition map provides centimeter accuracy localization. The autonomous vehicle software and feedback control logic for actuation are hosted on five computers that record up to 1TB of data per hour of driving.

Mechanical modifications to the Kenworth T680 include redundant steering torque overlay system, upgraded high capacity alternator, a high-fidelity electronically controlled air braking system, and the addition of rear seats in the sleeper structure for the autonomous engineering team.

“Kenworth and the PACCAR Innovation Center in Silicon Valley are working closely together to explore and develop the latest advanced driver assistance systems and other new technologies that offer safety and efficiency benefits for truck fleets and drivers. The Level 4 Autonomous Kenworth T680 is a perfect platform to study this technology in real-world applications,” said Patrick Dean, Kenworth chief engineer.

About Dana Incorporated

Dana is a world leader in providing power-conveyance and energy-management solutions that are engineered to improve the efficiency, performance, and sustainability of light vehicles, commercial vehicles, and off-highway equipment. Enabling the propulsion of conventional, hybrid, and electric-powered vehicles, Dana equips its customers with critical drive and motion systems; electrodynamic and power technologies; and thermal, sealing, and digital solutions. Learn more at dana.com.

About the PACCAR Innovation Center

The PACCAR Innovation Center in Silicon Valley is coordinating next-generation research and identifying emerging technologies that will benefit future vehicle performance. Technology areas of focus include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), artificial intelligence, vehicle connectivity and augmented reality. The Innovation Center is also accelerating partnerships in the development of electric and hydrogen fuel cell powertrains, as well as the deployment of big data analytics.

About Kenworth Truck Company

Kenworth is The Driver’s Truck™. See what drivers are saying at www.kenworth.com/drivers.

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at www.kenworth.com. Kenworth is a PACCAR company.