Sunbelt Rentals Orders Peterbilt’s 579EV Class 8 Model

Peterbilt 579EV
Peterbilt 579EV by Peterbilt

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Peterbilt Motors Co. announced an order from Sunbelt Rentals for five of its heavy-duty battery-electric Model 579EVs intended to deliver rental machinery.

The order is the first step toward Sunbelt Rentals’ goal of reducing their greenhouse gas emissions 35% by 2030, according to Peterbilt, a brand of Paccar Inc.

“Sunbelt Rentals isn’t just making a commitment to purchase battery-electric Class 8 trucks. We are striving to be a leader in environmental responsibility and sustainability, not only in our industry, but in the overall commercial market,” said Eric Jahnsen, director of the transportation fleet at Sunbelt. “In order to exceed our goals, we need to start operating zero-emission vehicles immediately. Peterbilt is giving us the opportunity to put battery-electric trucks on the road as soon as we can put the infrastructure in place to support it.”

The 579EV powertrain has a range of up to 150 miles, and when used with a recommended DC fast-charger, the battery packs recharge in three to four hours. That makes the 579EV ideal for regional haul, drayage, pickup and delivery, and last-mile operations, Peterbilt noted.

Fort Mill, S.C.-based Sunbelt Rentals reported it has 15,000 rental experts, over 975 locations and a diversified fleet that exceeds $10 billion. — Transport Topics

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