Kenworth has announced a battery electric version of its Class 8 T680 truck, now available for order. The Kenworth T680E will enter into production in 2021, the company said.
The zero-emission Kenworth T680E has an estimated operating range of 150 miles, depending on application, the company says. The T680E uses a CCS1 DC fast charger with maximum rate of 120 kWh and estimated 3.3-hour charging time.
Designed for pickup and delivery applications, the T680E is initially available as a day cab as either a tractor or straight truck in a 6×4 axle configuration. The new model is offered in 54,000 lb. and 82,000 lb. gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR).
Kenworth says it has collaborated closely with Meritor on the T680E, which features Meritor’s Blue Horizon 14Xe tandem electric powertrain with smooth shifting and operation. The T680E uses a two-speed integrated transmission and has a top speed of 70 MPH.
The Kenworth T680E is equipped with 536 HP continuous power and up to 670 HP peak power and 1,623 lb.-ft. of torque, Kenworth says. Meritor’s high/low voltage power electronics, provided by TransPower, are under the hood in the place of a diesel engine.
Kenworth has also announced a pair of medium-duty electric trucks, the K270E and K370E. For more on those, click below to listen to the latest Fleet Future podcast.