Kenworth has recently launched two new electric trucks, K270E, and K370E, already available to order from dealers in North America.
The market for electric trucks is flourishing right now. Iconic companies like Daimler have already been delivering its trucks while Tesla is ready to set the market on fire, too, with its Tesla Semi.
In such a competitive market, Kenworth, one of the biggest names in the American truck manufacturing industry, had no other choice but to strike back if it didn’t want to be losing ground to its competitors.
Consequently, it’s no surprise to see Kenworth unveil electric variants of its already popular K270 Class 6 and K370 models — the K270E and K370E zero-emission commercial trucks.
Kenworth’s new electric models are furnished with battery packs of 141 kWh and 282 kWh, providing 100 and 200 miles of battery-range, respectively. The trucks will also be equipped with DC fast charging kits allowing to fully-recharge the battery packs in just about an hour, making them perfect for local use, especially last-mile deliveries.
Customers will be given two electric motor options to choose from — 355 hp and 469 hp. They can also choose between 206″, 218″ or 274″ wheelbases.
“Kenworth is committed to providing advanced vehicle technologies, and the medium-duty K270E and K370E electric trucks are a major step forward. Our popular and proven cabover platform now offers fully integrated, state-of-the-art electric powertrains combined with exceptional visibility and superior maneuverability,” said Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president, Kevin Baney.
Kenworth’s new PremierSpec sales tool will be used by dealers to help customers specify and configure their electric trucks directly from the manufacturer. If everything goes well, the company expects to start delivering its new electric trucks by the end of this year.