Kodiak Robotics, a self-driving trucking company, has introduced its first autonomous electric Class 8 truck. Kodiak is upfitting a Peterbilt Model 579EV electric truck with the Kodiak Driver, the company’s self-driving technology. The truck will be incorporated into Kodiak’s fleet in 2024, the company says.
The Peterbilt Model 579EV truck is the second vehicle platform that Kodiak is upfitting and it is equipped with its fifth-generation sensors, the company says. Kodiak’s autonomous system is vehicle- and powertrain-agnostic, which enables the company to easily incorporate its autonomous system into emerging truck platforms as they become available, regardless of fuel type, the company notes.
The Peterbilt Model 579EV can be recharged in three hours, and provides a peak power rating of 670 horsepower, according to the company. With a range of up to 150 miles, the company additionally notes that the truck is designed for short-haul and drayage deployments, and will be perfect as a test vehicle for Kodiak.