Peterbilt Electric 520 Trucks Now Available

By Mike Osenga13 November 2020

Peterbilt has announced its model 520EV truck chassis is now available for customer orders. The 520EV chassis is available in two configurations to accommodate a variety of applications, primarily in refuse applications.

“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.

The 520EV can be configured through the Peterbilt SmartSpec sales tool and ordered at Peterbilt dealers with production expected to start by Q2 2021.

The 520EV combines the features of the engine-powered Peterbilt model 520 with the technology of a zero-emission electric powertrain. The fully integrated, all-electric powertrain of the 520EV is designed for optimal weight distribution and performance with a design that 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.

Peterbilt 520EV powertrains

The model 520EV features a range of 80 to 100 miles including 1100 bin cycles when used with an automated side loader or 130 compactor cycles with a rear loader refuse body.  The high-energy density LFP battery packs can recharge in 3 to 4 hours Peterbilt said, when using a recommended DC fast-charging system, making the 520EV applicable for the predictable routes seen in refuse applications.

The 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.


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