Penske to run International eMV series

By Chad Elmore11 October 2021

Delivery to be Navistar’s first in U.S. for full battery electric medium-duty truck.

Navistar The International eMV series medium duty truck.

Navistar and Penske Truck Leasing announced the anticipated delivery of the International eMV series truck, which will mark Navistar’s first U.S. delivery of the full battery electric medium-duty truck. Navistar said the delivery of the International eMV series reinforces the partnership between it and Penske on the continued collaboration of various emerging technologies for the commercial vehicle industry.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Penske to take delivery of five of our earliest production eMV Series full battery electric trucks,” said Dan Kayser, Group vice president, National Accounts, Navistar. “This is truly a first step in our collective journey to grow the fleet of zero-emissions vehicles. These vehicles will be manufactured on the same assembly lines that currently produce International diesel-powered vehicles.”

As a validation partner, Penske plans to operate these units at various locations throughout its footprint with the intent of evaluating the operation of electric trucks in real-world situations. The company is expanding its electrified fleet and evaluating important related technologies to support a zero-emission commercial vehicle future.

“We look forward to this continued collaboration with Navistar to progress and validate emerging industry technologies. Our organization is committed to evaluating and providing real-world feedback to further advance and serve our customers,” said Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning, Penske Truck Leasing.

Navistar announced the launch of the International eMV Series full battery-electric trucks in Long Beach, Calif. at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo last month. The company said the new eMV combines Navistar’s decades of medium-duty truck experience with the expertise of its zero-emissions team, NEXT eMobility Solutions, to deliver a fully integrated electrified powertrain and complete ecosystem solution.

The eMV’s battery electric motor provides peak power of over 335 hp, with continuous power of 215 hp. The eMV has a 210 kWh capacity high voltage battery that provides a 135-mile range when fully charged. Batteries are packaged between the frame rails for additional protection and under warranty for five years or 100,000 miles. The eMV is also equipped with three levels of regenerative braking, allowing the vehicle to collect kinetic energy from braking and store it in the battery for use. For the driver, a digital instrument cluster includes information on propulsion and regenerative load, state of charge indicator and regenerative braking indicator.

The International eMV also offers ac and dc charging capabilities as standard equipment to allow customers to choose the best option for their fleets. The recommended Level 2 AC charging station is suitable for overnight charging and provides roughly 19.2kWh of power. The dc fast charge station option provides up to 125 kWh of power. The fast charge station also has the capability to provide multiple power options. At its highest kWh input, it can provide a full charge to the eMV in under two hours.

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