Peterbilt delivers first EV

In late October, Peterbilt Motors Company announced the delivery of the first Peterbilt Model 220EV to US-based Frito-Lay

Six battery-electric Model 220EV medium-duty trucks will be used by PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division as part of its Modesto, California, Zero- and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facility Project (ZANZEFF).


The Model 220EV was introduced in January 2019 and joins the Models 579EV and 520EV in customer field trials. In addition to customer testing, Peterbilt is engaged in validation testing at the PACCAR Technical Center (PTC) in Mount Vernon, Washington, where trucks are stringently tested in a variety of scenarios to ensure the highest levels of quality and performance. 

"Peterbilt will have 15 battery-electric trucks in three applications—city delivery, regional haul, and refuse—in customers’ hands running real routes and collecting real-world validation data," says Jason Skoog, PACCAR vice president and Peterbilt general manager.

The zero-emission 220EV is powered by two battery packs with a total capacity of 148kWh and a Meritor Blue-Horizon two-speed drive eAxle. It features a range of more than 100 miles (160km) and a recharge time of one hour, making it an ideal option for local pick-up and delivery operations.

"Frito-Lay is continuously exploring current and emerging technologies for our freight equipment as we work towards reducing PepsiCo’s absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2030," says Michael O’Connell, vice president of supply chain, PepsiCo.

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