Peterbilt Gets Ready To Enter Electric Semi Truck Segment

MAY 3 2018 BY MARK KANE 15

Peterbilt is going to introduce class 8 all-electric trucks (two vehicle platforms) using solutions from Meritor and TransPower.

Peterbilt Model 520 Demonstration Vehicle with a fully electric drivetrain

At first, 15 BEVs will be built using Meritor’s powertrain and TransPower’s battery systems:

  • 12 Peterbilt all-electric Class 8 Model 579 day cab tractors
  • three Model 520 refuse trucks

Tests will take about one year.

 The first prototype of the refuse truck is equipped with a 315 kWh battery that lasts for 80 miles (130 km) and can be recharged in six hours using 70 kW charger. Electric motor power is around 400 hp (300 kW).

Meritor Blue Horizon

“Meritor will supply high-efficiency and lightweight axles, drivelines and brakes that maximize system efficiency, extend range and increase payload. Electric drivetrain power and control systems, as well as batteries and accessories, will be supplied by TransPower, a California-based manufacturer of integrated drive systems, full-electric truck solutions and energy-storage subsystems. Meritor has a strategic investment in TransPower and is the exclusive commercial distributor of these systems.

The electric drivetrain systems utilized by these trucks is specifically tailored to the needs of drayage and refuse applications. The flexible design of the system allows it to be customized for many other duty-cycles and vocations.”

“Testing will last approximately one year and is designed to prove out the ranges, operating hours and charging requirements of vehicles operating in real-world service conditions alongside conventional diesel-fueled trucks.

The 80,000-pound, short-haul Peterbilt 579 drayage trucks will support operations at ports throughout California, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego and Oakland. Two 520 refuse haulers will be tested by Sacramento County and a waste hauler will operate one truck.

The deployment of 12 Peterbilt 579 trucks is being funded by the California Air Resources Board and a consortium of California’s regional air quality districts, including the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Bay Area Air Quality Management District and San Diego Air Pollution Control District. Funding for the Peterbilt 520 deployment was provided by the California Energy Commission.”

Jay Craig, CEO and president of Meritor said:

“This collaboration with Peterbilt reinforces the viability of our advanced technology and electrified solutions that are adaptable for a wide range of applications. We look forward to getting these vehicles on the road this summer.”

The all-electric powertrains will be sold by Meritor under a new technology brand Blue Horizon.

Meritor offers eAxle and eSuspension platforms to deliver power ranges of 150, 180 and 200 kW in each axle and peak power of 250 kW.

“Products offered under the new brand will include integrated electrified solutions for Class 4-8 commercial vehicles across multiple vocations, including pickup and delivery, drayage/terminal tractors, transit and school buses, as well as linehaul and other heavy-duty applications.”

“Initially, Blue Horizon electric drivetrain systems will feature Meritor’s integrated eCarrier that utilizes an electric motor inside the axle to power the vehicle, replacing a conventional mechanical engine with an electric motor integrated into the rear drive axle.

The eCarrier’s power-dense design reduces cost and weight by eliminating the driveline and related drivetrain mounting components to free up space for batteries inside the frame rails for enhanced safety. The eCarrier design is flexible for use with rigid and independent suspension axle platforms in single and tandem configurations. Two-speed gearing works with a smaller, lighter-weight motor to deliver heavier load capability and operate in the motor’s sweet spot for maximum efficiency.

Meritor’s eCarrier will launch with the eAxle and eSuspension platforms to deliver power ranges of 150, 180 and 200 kW in each axle and peak power of 250 kW. Rounding out the electric axle lineup is an eCorner module for medium-duty, pickup and delivery, and bus applications. Demonstrator vehicle testing is scheduled for this summer.

Meritor’s consolidation of advanced solutions under a single brand reflects more than 20 years of technology leadership focused on delivering high-tech drivetrain solutions for our global customers.”

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15 Comments on "Peterbilt Gets Ready To Enter Electric Semi Truck Segment"

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wavelet

Great to see multiple additional truckmakers starting pilot programs for Class 8 and other heavy trucks (Peterbilt, Kenworth, Winnebago, joining Cummins & Tesla earlier). Even if so far it’s short-distance vehicles, they have to start somewhere.

John

I always love the promotional videos that highlight how quiet the vehicles are- all the while dramatic Terminator-esque music blares in the background. How about giving the uninformed (or even informed) public an idea of the silence? Considering most folks understand the trash day sound of the garbage truck grinding away in the neighborhood, I think folks would appreciate it!

jamcl3

TransPower’s website last year mentioned 200 kW onboard charging (meaning AC), and other projects for school buses, warehouse yard tractors and lifts, “reach stackers” and “top handlers”, whatever those are. I think the high power AC charging is going to be a competitive advantage, I presume it is integrated with the motor inverter and therefore low weight, low size and low cost.

Tesla4theWin

“The deployment of 12 Peterbilt 579 trucks is being funded by the California Air Resources Board and a consortium of California’s regional air quality districts, including the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Bay Area Air Quality Management District and San Diego Air Pollution Control District. Funding for the Peterbilt 520 deployment was provided by the California Energy Commission.”

Notice how they mention that California is completely funding the development and pilot testing of these trucks for Peterbilt.. no other manufacturer received exclusive assistance like this.

Mister G

This is just propaganda. Why would a diesel truck manufacturer be interested in electric semis?

SJC

It cleans the air and reduces imported oil, this benefits everyone.

mx9

You’re posting a video from Twitter? That allows itself to spy on your computer while being used? Nothing better than that?

Scott Clemens

You dummies used a Freightliner UPS truck for a Peterbilt add

Nicholas

Great work, Elon! You’ve successfully trolled the industry into doing #electrictrucks!

Nonbiker

It’s funny how those garbage trucks are completely different in the US.

Acevolt

The ones in Germany use a large spinning drum for some reason. They also require 2 people hanging on the back to load the containers onto the robotic arm. I figured that’s a union thing, the unions in Germany are more powerful than in the US.

Zip

This will be another flop just like the the 2008 and newer trucks with emissions. Spend more time in the shop with no parts. Down time causes bankruptcy in the trucking business. Drive 80 miles and take a 7 hour break to charge sounds like a government job.

F150 Brian

A 10hr day for this garbage truck would have enough range at an average of 8 mph.
I seriously doubt they pickup garbage at a pace anywhere close to 8 mph.
You need to have more faith that the experts actually figured out what they need.

SJC

Customers may want to buy trucks from companies that have made them for decades.

G2

The garbage truck’s 315kwh and 80mi/130km range seems low to me.