One of five Model 579EVs from Sunbelt Rentals.

One of five Model 579EVs from Sunbelt Rentals.

Photo: Peterbilt Motors Company

Peterbilt Motors Company announced an order of five battery-electric Model 579EVs from Sunbelt Rentals. The vehicles will be used to deliver rental machinery to and from jobsites across the country.

Sunbelt Rentals looks to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 35% by 2030, according to the release, and this order is the first step in doing so.

“Sunbelt Rentals isn’t just making a commitment to purchase battery-electric Class 8 trucks. We are striving to be a leader in environmental responsibility and sustainability, not only in our industry, but in the overall commercial market,” says Eric Jahnsen, director, transportation fleet at Sunbelt Rentals. “In order to exceed our goals, we need to start operating zero emission vehicles immediately.  Peterbilt is giving us the opportunity to put battery electric trucks on the road as soon as we can put the infrastructure in place to support it.”

The all-electric 579EV powertrain provides a range up to 150 miles. It can be combined with a DC fast-charger to recharge in four hours. Peterbilt has really helped fleets focus on EV use with their operating cost calculator as well. 

“Peterbilt takes great pride in having the Model 579EV chosen by Sunbelt Rentals to achieve their commitment of significantly reducing GHG emissions from its fleet by 2030,” said Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR VP.

Originally posted on Work Truck Online

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