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Kenworth releases its first Class 8 battery-electric model

By: Kara Oosterhuis

October 16, 2020

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In Kenworth’s 97-year history, the company is entering new territory: zero-emissions.

The Kenworth T680E is the company’s first-ever, Class 8 battery-electric model. Available now for order from Kenworth dealers in the United States and Canada, the truck will enter full production in 2021.

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With an estimated operating range of 150 miles, the T680E uses a CCS1 DC fast charger with a maximum rate of 12o kWh and an estimated charging time of 3.3 hours.

Kevin Baney, general manager and PACCAR vice president, says that Kenworth is leading the way in green initiatives, and this new model will be a game-changer in the trucking industry.

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“The 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,” Baney explains. “It’s an exciting, pioneering moment that builds upon Kenworth’s excellent heritage of providing fleets and truck operators with outstanding and productive trucks.”

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 (GVWR).

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