Hunter Truck – Your  Zero Emissions Solution

Steve Pollock
July 2024

“We are running out of time on  operators waiting for commercial EV’s to become  the perfect alternative to diesel vehicles before beginning to adopt the technology.  New emissions regulations, such as the Advanced Clean Truck Rule, will begin to have a broad impact on new diesel truck availability as soon as next year,” stated Paul Fehn, Director of Electric Vehicle Sales at Hunter Truck. “Companies should begin  to find applications where the EV can simply be a good alternative. OEMs are continuing to invest heavily in zero-emissions product development, and it has become clear that the industry is headed in that direction. At Hunter Truck, we are educating our team to provide answers about EVs to our customers, no matter where they are located.  Part of our job is identifying the right application for EV trucks in our customer’s fleet.”

“Power is not the problem with electric trucks,” continued Fehn. “They will beat a diesel up a hill every time. These trucks can do the work, it just has to be the right job.  We currently have customers in New York using Peterbilt EV's. Drivers love EV's after they have driven them for a while. They report a better driving experience, very quiet performance, instant torque, and regenerative braking that help not only to recharge the battery but acts as a jake brake with no noise.  Plus there is the “cool” factor of driving something entirely different.  Operationally, the key is to have the truck back at the end of the day to recharge overnight.  While this application is not practical for many companies, in certain instances it is a good fit.”

Peterbilt offers three EV models:

The Class 8 Peterbilt Model 579 EV is used for regional hauls and drayage.  It has a max horsepower output of 670 hp and a range of 150 miles.  Minimum charging time is 3 hours.   It comes with a front axle available in 12,000–14,600 lbs. and a 40,000 lb. rear axle.  The GCWR is 82,000 lbs.

The Class 8 Peterbilt Model 520 EV used for refuse packers.  The max hp output is 670, with a range of 80-120 miles with body function.  The minimum charging time is 3 hours. It is available with a 20,000-23,000 lb. front axle and 46,000 lb. rear axles with a GCWR of 66,000 lbs.

The Peterbilt Model 220 EV is a Class 6 & 7 straight truck with a pickup and delivery application.  It has a range of 100, 150 to 200 miles, depending on use.  The minimum charging time is 1 hour.  It is available with a 10,000-12,000 lb. front axle and a 17,000-21,000 lb. rear axle.

Peterbilt’s LFP battery chemistry provides 4,000 empty to full charge cycles. The batteries should last the life of the chassis. Other technologies can only provide half of that.  EVs provide a total cost of ownership benefit by substantially reducing fuel cost and maintenance.  EV maintenance is substantially reduced – no more oil changes, only normal greasing and checking coolant levels.  Tires become the truck’s biggest expense.  PACCAR, Cummins, and Daimler have partnered on a joint venture to build EV truck batteries at a plant in Mississippi.  Peterbilt will begin production of hydrogen fuel cell trucks at the end of 2025.

Hunter Truck is ready to help your fleet navigate the EV world with complete sales, service, and parts support.  Hunter Truck also sells EV charging stations.  EV trained and certified technicians are ready to serve you at all Hunter Truck locations.  Reach out to a Hunter Truck sales team near you for more information about EVs and if they are right for your fleet, visit