Kenworth, who are of America’s largest truck builders, have launched two new electric trucks with up to 200 miles of range. These are electric versions of their existing Class 6 K270 and Class 7 K370 trucks that have conveniently been named the K270E and the K370E.
The trucks will be fitted with 141 kWh and 282 kWh batteries that will offer a range of 100 miles (161km) and 200 miles (322km) respectively, with zero emissions. Kenworth offer two direct-drive motors rated at 355 horsepower and 469 horsepower. The high torque makes them ideal for city driving and the regenerative braking in stop-and-start town situations recharges the batteries and helps to extend brake life.
Both models will be able to use a DC fast charging system that will enable them to recharge as quickly as an hour. This combined with their size makes them ideal for local deliveries and pick-ups, as well for regional haulage work. Kenworth are making the trucks available to order for their clients and deliveries should start at the end of 2020.
Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president, said: “Kenworth is committed to provide advanced vehicle technologies, and the medium duty K270E and K370E electric trucks are a major step forward. Our popular and proven cabover platform now offers fully integrated, state-of-the-art electric powertrains combined with exceptional visibility and superior manoeuvrability.”