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Kenworth K270E/K370E battery-electric trucks available to order

David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

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The zero-emission Kenworth K270E Class 6 and K370E Class 7 battery-electric vehicles are now available for order from Kenworth dealers in the U.S. and Canada.

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The electric powertrain is available with high-density battery packs of 141kWh and 282kWh that deliver up to 100- and 200-mile range, respectively, with zero emissions, Kenworth says, adding the electric vehicles utilize a DC fast-charging system capable of fast re-charge in as quick as one-hour, which make the Kenworth K270E and K370E cabovers ideal for local pickup and delivery, as well as short regional haul operations. End-of-shift and overnight AC charging also is offered.

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Kenworth battery-electric vehicles offer two direct-drive motors rated at 355 hp and 469 hp, depending on application. The company says this design provides enough torque to start the load from a stop on a 20% grade and the power to maintain 40 MPH on a 6% grade while fully loaded. Regenerative braking in stop-and-go city conditions recharges the batteries and extends brake life.

All of the components necessary to run the e-powertrain, as well as HVAC and e-PTO, are located in one power cradle under the cab, the space typically occupied by a diesel engine. Kenworth says the system configuration also optimizes weight distribution with batteries mounted outside and air tanks mounted inside the frame rails. A quiet e-compressor maintains pressure in the air system, the company adds.

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Kenworth and Dana Inc. are collaborating on the Kenworth K270E and K370E electric vehicles.

Available wheelbases offered are 206 in. (24-ft. box bodies), 218 in. (26-ft. box bodies) and 274 in. (30-ft. box bodies).

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