PACCAR is participating in the CES 2020 show in Las Vegas this week with three vehicles: a Level 4 autonomous Kenworth T680; a battery-electric Peterbilt Model 520EV; and a battery-electric Kenworth K270E.
The battery-electric Kenworth K270E is a medium-duty commercial vehicle with range options between 100 and 200 miles, ideal for local pickup and delivery operations. The state-of-the-art, high-energy density battery packs can be recharged in about an hour using the vehicle’s DC fast-charging system, making both the Class 6 Kenworth K270E and Class 7 K370E cabovers ideal for local pickup and delivery, as well as short regional haul operations.
The Kenworth K270E cabover is equipped with Dana-designed e-Powertrain system that is fully integrated and upfitted to the Kenworth chassis. Configured as a direct drive system, the vehicle utilizes a Spicer Electrified e-propulsion system, and a standard Dana drive axle and driveshaft.
Kenworth expects to deliver K270E trucks to customers in 2020.
Level 4 Autonomous Kenworth T680
Kenworth also showcased a Level 4 Autonomous Kenworth T680 in the PACCAR booth at CES.
The proof-of-concept truck was conceived and constructed at the PACCAR Innovation Center. PACCAR has worked with leading experts in the field of high-definition mapping, localization, perception and path planning to deliver an integrated autonomous solution. The special Kenworth T680 is equipped with cameras, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors, and radars to sense the surrounding road environment and to feed fusion algorithms in the perception stack for object identification and tracking.
A Global Navigation Satellite System with an Inertial Measurement Unit combined with LiDAR Point Cloud on a high-definition map provides centimeter accuracy localization. The autonomous vehicle software and feedback control logic for actuation are hosted on five computers that record up to 1TB of data per hour of driving.
Mechanical modifications to the Kenworth T680 include redundant steering torque overlay system, upgraded high capacity alternator, a high-fidelity electronically controlled air braking system, and the addition of rear seats in the sleeper structure for the autonomous engineering team.
Peterbilt Model 520EV
Peterbilt Model 520EV battery-electric trucks are currently being field tested by customers. The trucks quietly collect refuse on residential and commercial routes, operating a full day on a single charge.
Peterbilt will integrate Dana’s Spicer Electrified e-propulsion system into its 220EV chassis. The truck will also be equipped with two battery packs and an on-board charger. The 220EV features a range between 100 and 200 miles.
Peterbilt expects to deliver Model 520EV trucks to customers in 2021.[source: PACCAR]