At CES 2020, Kenworth exhibited its T680 Level 4 autonomous truck, a 'proof-of-concept' vehicle.

Dana, Paccar Collaborating on Electric Trucks

Jan. 9, 2020
New electric powertrain technologies for Kenworth and Peterbilt medium-duty trucks introduced at CES 2020

Dana Inc. is collaborating with two commercial vehicle manufacturers on electric powertrain technologies for medium-duty trucks. Both Kenworth Truck Co. and Peterbilt Motors Co. are subsidiaries of Paccar, which announced the projects at 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Kenworth K270E battery electric vehicles are Class 6 and Class 7 cab-over trucks outfitted with a Dana Spicer® Electrified e-Powertrain system and a standard Dana drive axle and driveshaft.  Dana also supplies an e-power system that generates, stores, and manages the energy for the vehicle, consisting of electrified auxiliary systems, an on-board charger, and two battery packs.

Dana-developed software and controls allow diagnostics and telemetry of the complete system.

The electric powertrain will be available with range options between 100 and 200 miles. The trucks' battery packs can be recharged in about an hour using the vehicle's DC charging system, making both the Class 6 Kenworth K270E and Class 7 Kenworth K370E trucks suitable for local pickup and delivery service, as well as regional operations.

At CES 2020, Kenworth also is exhibiting the T680 Level 4 autonomous vehicle, a "proof-of-concept" truck that Paccar is developing, equipped with cameras, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors, and radars to sense the road environment and feed fusion algorithms in the perception stack, for object identification and tracking.

With Peterbilt, Dana is developing an electric powertrain for a 220EV battery electric vehicle. It will integrate Dana's Spicer® Electrified™ e-propulsion system into its 220EV chassis, and the truck will be equipped with two battery packs and an on-board charger.

The 220EV has a range of 100 to 200 miles. Using the vehicle's DC system, the high-energy density battery packs can recharge in about an hour, making the 220EV another new option for local pickup and delivery or regional trucking.

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