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Peterbilt Motors Co. has entered into an agreement with Meritor to be the non-exclusive supplier of electric powertrains for their heavy-duty models 579EV and 520EV battery electric vehicles.

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“This agreement with Meritor is just another example of our commitment to battery electric vehicles. With this announcement, we have locked in suppliers for all of our battery-electric model configurations,” said Jason Skoog, PACCAR vice president and Peterbilt general manager.

“The opportunity to supply Peterbilt’s 579EV and 520EV with Meritor electric powertrains allows us to partner with an industry leader and continue bringing advanced technologies to market,” said T.J. Reed, vice president of global electrification for Meritor. “We have been working with Peterbilt for several years on electric development, and are very pleased to now offer customers 579EV and 520EV vehicles with Meritor electric powertrains.”

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Low volume production is expected to begin in late 2020 for the model 579EV, followed by the model 520EV in 2021.

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