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Peterbilt Model 520EV available for order

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Peterbilt‘s Model 520EV is now available for customer orders.

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The Model 520EV can be configured through the SmartSpec sales tool and ordered at one of Peterbilt’s dealer locations with production expected to start by Q2 2021.

The Model 520EV chassis is available in two configurations to accommodate a variety of applications, the company says.

Peterbilt says the fully integrated, all-electric powertrain of the Model 520EV is designed for optimal weight distribution and performance with a unique design that enables the thermally-controlled Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery packs to be configured in two different mounting schemes that are specifically designed for body integration with an automated side loader or a rear/front loader.

The Model 520EV features a range of 80 to 100 miles including 1,100 bin cycles when used with an automated side loader or 130 compactor cycles with a rear loader refuse body. The high-energy density LFP battery packs can recharge in three to four hours when using a recommended DC fast-charging system, making the 520EV ideal for the predictable routes seen in refuse applications, Peterbilt says.

The Model 520EV utilizes Meritor 14Xe e-axles to provide power to the wheels, and is available as a tandem drive. The e-axle motors are outfitted with two-speed gearing and the e-axle wheel ends provide an additional 2:1 hub reduction, converting the power for comfortable driving speeds. Battery power is delivered to the e-axle motors through the drive inverters and regenerative braking captures energy from stop-and-go conditions to recharge the batteries and help maximize the vehicle’s range.

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The dash cluster of the Model 520EV provides the driver the gauge information required of an electric vehicle.

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