Kenworth enters zero-emissions arena with plans to produce battery-electric T680E next year

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Kenworth T680E
Production of Kenworth’s first zero-emissions battery-electric Class 8 truck, the T680E, is planned for 2021. (Courtesy: Kenworth)

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Kenworth on Oct. 14 announced the launch of the Kenworth T680E — the company’s first-ever Class 8 battery-electric model in the manufacturer’s 97-year history. The new zero-emission T680E, now available for order from Kenworth dealers in the U.S. and Canada, will enter into production in 2021.

“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, Kenworth’s general manager and PACCAR vice president.

“Kenworth is leading the way in green initiatives, and the T680E definitely will be game-changer in the trucking industry,” he continued. “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.”

The zero-emission Kenworth T680E has an estimated operating range of 150 miles, depending on application. 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-pound and 82,000-pound gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR).

Meritor Blue Horizon 14Xe tandem electric powertrain
The Kenworth T680E features Meritor’s Blue Horizon 14Xe tandem electric powertrain. (Courtesy: Kenworth)

Kenworth and Meritor have collaborated closely on the development of the T680E. The Class 8 battery-electric vehicle features Meritor’s Blue Horizon 14Xe tandem electric powertrain, which offers smooth shifting and operation. The T680E uses a two-speed integrated transmission and has a top speed of 70 mph.

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

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