Paccar pushing for electric and fuel-cell trucks

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 30, 2020

In an interview with Paccar CEO Preston Feight, has reported that Feight outlined the company‘s strategy to build battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks, during a recent conference call with industry analysts and investors.

Paccar will begin the production of battery-electric trucks next year, and is simultaneously developing hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles.

To date, Paccar has deployed more than 60 battery-electric, hybrid and hydrogen-powered trucks across its DAF, Kenworth and Peterbilt brands, with customers in local and regional delivery, refuse collection and port applications. Similarly, 10 hydrogen fuel cell Kenworth T680s have been built for customers in the Port of Los Angeles.

Feight, reports, says Paccar has a three-pronged strategy to zero-emission trucks. These include having the relevant technology, having good market and dealer distribution, and having flexible manufacturing capability to combine zero emissions and clean diesel technologies on the same line. At the moment, says Feight, Paccar‘s flexible production lines are prepared for future mixed assembly. 

On the point of autonomy, Feight says ‘ a vast majority of the vehicles that are operating in trials are Peterbilts and Kenworths and DAFs.‘ “We‘ll watch that technology and when it‘s ready, we‘ll bring it to our customers,” reports.

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