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New EV tech deal for Kenworth trucks

Commercial vehicle manufacturer PACCAR, which builds Peterbilt, DAF and Kenworth trucks, has announced a new long-term deal with electrification specialist Romeo Power.

For the next five years, Romeo Power – which is based in Los Angeles, California – will supply PACCAR with battery packs, modules and management systems for its all-electric vehicles.

PACCAR has also become a minority shareholder in Romeo Power

The Romeo Power equipment will be used in the zero-emissions versions of the Peterbilt 579 day cab and 520 refuse truck, production of which is set to start “after 2021”.

 “Romeo Power’s battery technology solutions will enable PACCAR to deliver state-of-the-art transportation solutions that enhance customers’ operations,” said Darrin Siver, senior vice president of PACCAR. 

“We are pleased to enter into a long-term supply agreement with Romeo Power as they are paving the way for cost-effective electrification within the commercial vehicle sector.”

Romeo Power’s battery systems, according to PACCAR, provide the required range, energy and fast-charging performance required for commercial applications.

The new Peterbilt Model 579EV day cab, for example, is quoted as having a continuous power output of 400kW, a peak output of 500kW, a 396kWh battery, a recharge time of 3.5 hours and an estimated “daily range” of 150 miles.

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