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February 20, 2020 2:45 PM, EST

Kenworth, Meritor Partner on Electric Heavy-Duty Trucks

 Kenworth T680E Kenworth T680E by TruckPR via flickr

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Kenworth Truck Co., a unit of Paccar Inc., announced it will collaborate with Meritor Inc. on electric powertrain development for its T680E model Class 8 battery-electric vehicles.

The electric T680E will be a short-hood day cab in tractor configurations of 4×2 and 6×4 axles and as a 6×4-axle straight truck. The T680E will offer an operating range of 100 to 150 miles, depending on application, according to the Kirkland, Wash.-based company.

“Initial production of the Kenworth T680E is expected to begin in the fourth quarter 2020 and ramp through 2021,” Kenworth General Manager Kevin Baney said in a release.

Meritor is a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets.

Kenworth had U.S. retail sales of 51,229 Classes 5-8 trucks in 2019, 82% of which were in Class 8, WardsAuto.com reported. — Transport Topics

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