The new trucks are expected to be on the road later this year, which would make A&R one of the first to put the electric vehicles into service. - Photo: Peterbilt

The new trucks are expected to be on the road later this year, which would make A&R one of the first to put the electric vehicles into service.

Photo: Peterbilt

A&R Logistics has purchased two of the first production Peterbilt Model 579 Electric Vehicles to roll off the assembly line. The new trucks will be on the road in 2021, making A&R one of the first to put the vehicles into service.       

By working with Paccar Parts and their electric infrastructure partners at Schneider Electric and Faith Technologies, A&R was able to design a sophisticated charging infrastructure to prepare its facilities for the electric vehicles, A&R officials said in a press release. A&R is a North American company that services the chemical industry.

"Being early adopters of electric vehicle technology demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and technology," said A&R President Chris Ball. "Once we made the decision to add EVs to our fleet, Peterbilt and Paccar were the obvious choice. Our collaborative work really shined at every stage of the process as our maintenance team, led by Troy Basso, was proud to help customize the truck to best meet the needs of our business and our customers.”

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.             

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