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PETERBILT DISPLAYS FULL LINEUP OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES AT NACVS

PACCAR will showcase zero-emission vehicles at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACVS) that runs Oct. 28-31 in Atlanta.  Peterbilt Motors Company will showcase its three electric vehicle configurations for refuse, regional haul and city delivery applications.  Kenworth will display a fuel cell electric vehicle.

“Peterbilt is leading the charge in electric vehicle development, with industry-leading configurations in three applications for zero-emissions performance,” said Jason Skoog, PACCAR Vice President and Peterbilt General Manager.  “Peterbilt’s comprehensive electric vehicle lineup allows us to support our customers’ diverse needs.”

Peterbilt currently has 16 trucks in operation collecting real-world mileage for environmentally friendly solutions with an additional 21 trucks going into service in the first half of 2020.

“Peterbilt customers will be able to receive pricing information and begin ordering one of Peterbilt’s three electric vehicle configurations the second quarter of 2020, and Peterbilt will begin low volume production of these units by the end of 2020,” added Skoog.

Show attendees can get a first-hand look at the Model 579EV, which is currently in use by the third-party logistics provider Biagi Bros., the Model 220EV, which was recently added to the Frito-Lay, PepsiCo fleet, as well as a Model 520EV for refuse applications.  

Model 579EV
Biagi Bros. placed the Model 579EV in service this month.  “Biagi Bros. has a history of green fleet operations, and we’re extremely proud to have partnered with Peterbilt to add the 579EV to our diverse fleet of special trucks, tractors and trailers we use to serve our customers,” said Gregg Stumbaugh, Director of Equipment for Biagi Bros. 

The 579EV utilizes a TransPower Energy Storage Subsystem with a total storage capacity of 264 kWh.  It is driven by a Meritor Blue-Horizon Mid-Ship Motor Drive Subsystem with up to 430 HP, features a range of about 133 miles and a charging time of 1-hour with a fast-charging system. 

Model 220EV
Frito Lay – a division of PepsiCo – took delivery of the first Peterbilt 220EV in early October.  “Frito-Lay is continuously exploring current and emerging technologies for our freight equipment as we work toward reducing PepsiCo’s absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2030,” said Michael O’Connell, Vice President of Supply Chain, PepsiCo. “PepsiCo and Frito-Lay have a longstanding relationship with Peterbilt, and are excited to partner in the advancement of electric vehicles within our fleet and to be the first customer to put the Model 220EV in service in our delivery operations.”

The zero-emissions Model 220EV is powered by two TransPower battery packs with a total storage capacity of 148 kWh, and a Meritor Blue-Horizon two-speed drive eAxle with up to 335 HP.  It features a range of more than 100 miles and a recharge time as low as one hour with a fast-charging system, making it an ideal option for local pick-up and delivery operations.

Model 520EV
Peterbilt will display a Model 520EV configuration, designed for the refuse market. The Model 520EV is powered by a TransPower Energy Storage Subsystem with a total storage capacity of 308 kWh.  It is driven by a TransPower Mid-Ship Motor Drive Subsystem with up to 430 HP, features a range of about 100 miles and a four-hour charge time.

“We have designed our electric vehicles to perform as well as a diesel powertrain truck.  Right now, we’re focused on is gaining real-world miles in real-world applications, with additional rigorous testing at the PACCAR Technical Center in Mount Vernon, WA,” said Scott Newhouse, Chief Engineer for Peterbilt Motors Company. “We believe these three applications—refuse, regional haul and city delivery—will provide the most immediate and near-term return on investment for our customers.”

PETERBILT EXPANDS AVAILABILITY OF PACCAR TRANSMISSION TO VOCATIONAL APPLICATIONS


Today Peterbilt Motors Company announced expanded availability for the PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission.

The PACCAR transmission is now available for use in vocational applications where the truck spends most of its time on pavement or maintained dirt and gravel roads, such as roll-offs, bottom dump trailers and heavy equipment transport.

“Peterbilt is excited to offer the PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission to our light vocational customers,” said Peterbilt Chief Engineer Scott Newhouse. “Peterbilt’s on-highway customers have been delighted with the performance, durability and smooth shifting of the PACCAR transmission. Our vocational customers have been eager to get it in their trucks as well. After additional development and validation, we are pleased to begin offering the PACCAR Transmission to these customers starting in early 2020.”

In the new applications, the PACCAR Transmission will be available with the PACCAR MX-11 or MX-13 with up to 510 horsepower and 1,850 lb-ft of torque. Maximum gross combined weight will be 110,000 lbs.

“The PACCAR Transmission represents a step change in drivability and performance over previous automated manual transmissions. Along with PACCAR Engines, the PACCAR Transmission delivers a powerful recruiting and driver retention tool, as well as a reliable powertrain, with the lowest total cost of ownership and the highest quality backed by our industry-leading warranty,” said Newhouse.

The new configurations are available to order now for 2020 delivery.

PETERBILT ADDS NEW FEATURES TO WINGMAN FUSION COLLISION-MITIGATION SYSTEM


Today Peterbilt Motors Company announced enhanced capabilities and new features for the next generation Bendix® Wingman® Fusion collision-mitigation system. The system comes standard on the company’s Model 579.

“The Model 579 is already established as the Peterbilt flagship for on-highway customers. With the addition of these new collision-mitigation features, the 579 further cements its position as a driver-preferred truck with excellent active and passive safety systems,” said Jason Skoog, PACCAR Vice President and Peterbilt General Manager.  “With enhanced driver safety and productivity, customers can expect increased profitability and peace of mind,” added Skoog.

New features for the next generation Wingman Fusion include:
 

  • Highway Departure Braking (HDB): Building on the Fusion system’s existing lane departure warning capability, HDB provides an audible alert to the driver and, if necessary, applies the foundation brakes to reduce vehicle speed up to 20 mph/32 kph if the system determines the vehicle has left the roadway unintentionally.
     
  • Multi-Lane Emergency Braking (AEB): Multi-lane AEB can help the driver mitigate both the first, and potentially second, crash situation when more than one highway lane is blocked.   Once a collision mitigation braking event begins and the driver steers into an adjacent lane to avoid the forward vehicle, the new Multi-lane AEB feature continues to apply the brakes – if needed – when it detects another forward vehicle blocking the path in the new traffic lane.

The new features will be available on Model 579s in the first quarter of 2020.

Bendix emphasizes that safety systems like Wingman Fusion are intended to complement safe driving practices, and not to encourage or enable aggressive driving. Skilled, alert drivers practicing safe driving techniques and supported by ongoing, comprehensive training remain at the heart of highway safety, and responsibility for the safe operation of a driver assistance system-equipped vehicle remains with the driver at all times.

PETERBILT INTRODUCES OVER-THE-AIR UPDATES TECHNOLOGY


Today Peterbilt Motors Company announced the addition of Over-the-Air (OTA) updates for the PACCAR MX engines and aftertreatment systems beginning in December.

The technology will leverage the existing SmartLINQ® Remote Diagnostics hardware and the PACCAR Solutions portal, along with a new mobile app, to deliver secure software updates remotely.

“The ability to perform Over-the-Air software updates represents a major enhancement to customer uptime. Peterbilt customers can now download the latest software anytime, anywhere, without the need to travel to a dealer location,” said Jason Skoog, PACCAR Vice President and Peterbilt General Manager. “The new PACCAR OTA mobile app works seamlessly with the PACCAR Solutions portal to provide a fast and secure connection and the ability to manage single units or the entire fleet, furthering efficiency and ease of use.”

OTA functionality will be available to Class 8 Peterbilt customers with an engine model year 2017 or newer PACCAR MX-11 or MX-13 Engine and an active SmartLINQ subscription. Beginning in December, customers will be able to request the software updates via the PACCAR Solutions portal. The PACCAR OTA mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices.

With the introduction of Over-the-Air updates, Peterbilt expands a comprehensive suite of uptime services offered on its vehicles and supported through the fastest-growing Class 8 dealer network in North America. Over 113,000 vehicles are equipped with SmartLINQ Remote Diagnostics functionality and customers are able to manage service events online through the PACCAR Solutions Service Management portal. Peterbilt dealers also offer Rapid-Check expedited diagnostics services and mobile service units throughout North America.

“The implementation of Over-the-Air capability demonstrates our ongoing commitment to customer solutions that drive uptime every day,” added Skoog. “Our best-in-class vehicles are supported by industry-leading technologies and the best dealer network in the industry,” Skoog said.

PETERBILT LAUNCHES DEALER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM


Today Peterbilt Motors Company announced the launch of the Platinum Service Center program at the North American Commercial Vehicle show in Atlanta.

The certification program scores each dealership location based on several key objective performance factors including world-class facilities and driver’s lounges, utilization of PACCAR Solutions service management, expanded hours of service, excellent parts availability, certified MX engine technicians and lower dwell time for repairs, as well as performing Rapid Check triage.

“The Platinum Service Center program uses objective criteria to identify the best-in-class Peterbilt service locations across North America,” said Jason Skoog, PACCAR Vice President and Peterbilt General Manager. “Platinum Service Center dealers have dedicated significant resources to providing our customers superior service in every aspect of their experience, from the moment they enter the facility, to the speed and quality of the service of their vehicles.  This program is just one more way Peterbilt and our outstanding dealer network are committed to driving customer uptime and profitability.”

Dealers who achieve the Platinum Service Center certification will be designated at the annual Peterbilt Dealer Meeting in February, and receive a special designation in Peterbilt’s Dealer Locator on the company’s website. 

Source: https://www.peterbilt.com/news