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All-electric Peterbilt Model 579 to go into service at Port of Long Beach

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Peterbilt has developed an all-electric version of its Model 579 truck. The all-electric day cab will now go into service at the Port of Long Beach. It is one of 12 tractors built by Peterbilt in collaboration with Transpower, the California Air Resources Board, and the Port of Long Beach. The all-electric Model 579 produces up to 490 HP, has up to a 200 mile range, recharges in less than five hours and has a battery storage capacity of 350-440 Kw/h.

“These demonstrator vehicles will be used to test the performance of an all-electric powertrain in a real-world environment,” said Scott Newhouse, chief engineer for Peterbilt Motors Co. “Electrification is not a new concept to our industry; however, the advances made in battery and electric technology can make this a real possibility moving forward. I am confident that when the market is ready Peterbilt will have the most effective powertrain solution.”

Funding for the tractors was provided, in part, by the California Climate Investments (CCI), the state’s climate change-fighting, cap-and-trade program.

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