Kenworth recently announced the launch of the Kenworth T680E, the company’s first-ever, Class 8 battery-electric model in its 97-year history. The zero-emission T680E is available to order from Kenworth dealers in the U.S. and Canada. It begins production in 2021.
The zero-emission Kenworth T680E has an estimated operating range of 150 miles, depending on the application, according to a statement from the company. The T680E uses a CCS1 DC fast charger with a 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 6×4 axle configuration. The new model is offered in 54,000 lb. and 82,000 lb. gross vehicle weight ratings, Kenworth said in a news release about the new truck.
“The Kenworth T680E launch is an exciting, pioneering moment that builds upon Kenworth’s excellent heritage of providing fleets and truck operators with outstanding and productive trucks driven by quality, innovation and technology,” said Kevin Baney, general manager and PACCAR vice president. “Kenworth is leading the way in green initiatives and the T680E definitely will be a game-changer in the trucking industry. 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.”