June 22, 2021
Peterbilt delivered its first production Model 220EV electric truck to the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Solid Waste Services (SWS) in Anchorage, Alaska.
The city and SWS added a Model 520EV electric truck, as well, “looking to show the benefits of battery electric commercial vehicles to the rest of the state and the circumpolar north,” according to the announcement.
“I’m proud that SWS will be putting the first production Peterbilt Model 220EV to work,” said Mark Spafford, general manager of SWS, in a prepared statement. “This is a big moment for an American manufacturer and for my department. EVs are the future—they are cost effective, better for our drivers and our neighborhoods. We look forward to working with Peterbilt to share the benefits of EVs and continue to expand our electric fleet.”
The Model 220EV is Peterbilt’s first electric configuration for medium duty applications and provides customers a zero emission Class 6 or 7 vehicle. With a range of up to 200 miles on a full charge, the Model 220EV is powered by an electric motor and features two battery packs and an on-board charger. When using the vehicle’s DC fast-charging system, the high-energy density battery packs can recharge in one to two hours, according to Peterbilt.
“Peterbilt is leading the charge when it comes to commercial vehicle electrification and the delivery of the first production Model 220EV to the City of Anchorage and SWS is a milestone moment for Peterbilt’s battery electric vehicle roll out,” said Jason Skoog Peterbilt, general manager and PACCAR VP, in a statement.
The purchase of the Model 520EV and 220EV were made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. SWS also contributed towards the purchase of the trucks while the Alaska Energy Authority provided funds for the charger.