The T680E has an operating range of 150 miles, depending on application, and can be recharged in a little more than three hours.  -  Photo: Kenworth

The T680E has an operating range of 150 miles, depending on application, and can be recharged in a little more than three hours.

Photo: Kenworth

The Kenworth T680E is the company’s first Class 8 battery-electric model. The new zero-emission truck is now available for order from Kenworth dealers in the U.S. and Canada and will go into production in 2021.

The zero-emission Kenworth T680E has an estimated operating range of 150 miles, depending on application, and uses a CCS1 DC fast charger with maximum rate of 120 kWh and an estimated 3.3-hour charging time. Designed for pickup and delivery applications, the T680E is initially available as a day cab as either a tractor or straight truck in a 6x4 axle configuration with either a 54,000-pound or 82,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating.

Kenworth and Meritor collaborated on the development of the T680E, which features Meritor’s Blue Horizon 14Xe tandem electric powertrain, as well as a two-speed integrated transmission and a top speed of 70 mph.

The Kenworth T680E is equipped with 536 hp of continuous power and up to 670 hp peak power with 1,623 lb-ft of torque. Meritor’s high/low voltage power electronics, provided by TransPower, take the place of a diesel engine.

“The new Kenworth T680E provides our customers with a true, zero-emissions solution that will help to achieve their own green program objectives, while leveraging the excellent performance, reliability and cab comfort of our current T680 on-highway flagship model,” said Kevin Baney, general manager and Paccar vice president.

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