156 turns over the last 12.42 miles. Over a 3-day period, the 579EV easily made the journey up Pikes Peak multiple times, each time using the recovered energy from regenerative braking on the descent to recharge the high-density battery packs to repeat each climb with ease. “The performance of the Model 579EV while navigating to the summit of Pikes Peak was nothing short of amazing. Handling the 156 corners was made easier thanks to the lower center of gravity provided by the battery location on the 579EV,” said, Darryl Oster, Peterbilt assistant chief engineer. “This is a huge moment for Peterbilt and everyone who has worked countless hours to bring this truck to life. Being the first battery electric powered Class 8 truck to conquer one of the most iconic roads in North America is just the beginning. Peterbilt is leading the charge on commercial vehicle electrification, with three distinctive EV configurations available for customer orders today in a variety of applications,” said Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president.
West 54 • February 2021 | Towman.com