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Peterbilt Model 579EV now available for order

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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.

Peterbilt’s electric Model 579EV is now available for customer orders.

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Customers can spec a 579EV using Peterbilt’s SmartSpec sales tool at any Peterbilt dealer location across North America, with production expected to start by Q2 of 2021, Peterbilt says.

Designed for optimal weight distribution and performance, Peterbilt says the fully integrated, all-electric powertrain in the Model 579EV uses thermally-controlled lithium iron phosphate battery packs to provide a range up to 150 miles. When used in conjunction with a recommended DC fast-charger, the battery packs recharge in three to four hours, the company says.

The Model 579EV is available in a tandem drive configuration with Meritor 14Xe e-axle motors providing power through the drive inverters. Regenerative braking captures energy from stop-and-go operations to help recharge the batteries and maximize the vehicle’s range. The Model 579EV uses an enhanced dash cluster to communicate clearly all the information required for the driver to operate the electric vehicle, Peterbilt says.

Peterbilt also says the Peterbilt Model 579EV is eligible for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) program by the California Air Resources Board.

All Peterbilt Model 579EVs sold to customers in California are eligible for a $150,000 HVIP voucher. Vehicle purchasers and participating dealers must meet all applicable project requirements identified in the HVIP Implementation Manual to receive the voucher.

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