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Schneider, PACCAR Tackle Electric Truck Development

A $33 million matching grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will continue development of Class 8 Kenworth and Peterbilt battery electric and fuel cell vehicles.

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Schneider Electric, global supplier of digital transformation of energy management and automation, reinforced its partnership with PACCAR as they receive a $33 million matching grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to continue the development of its Class 8 Kenworth and Peterbilt battery electric and fuel cell vehicles, along with its vehicle charging stations.

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As part of this program, Schneider Electric will provide the electric vehicle infrastructure design and microgrid resiliency to support the PACCAR SuperTruck 3 program for heavy- and medium-duty trucks in the United States and Canada, the company says.

The SuperTruck initiative was launched in 2009 by the DOE to improve heavy-duty truck freight efficiency. PACCAR successfully developed state-of-the-art Kenworth and Peterbilt vehicles in the prior SuperTruck and SuperTruck 2 programs. By leveraging strengths with microgrid and digital energy technology, Schneider Electric will help PACCAR deliver power systems solutions that benefit their customers and the environment.

“As the federal government continues to place a greater emphasis on infrastructure modernization and digitalization, this grant will help us build the foundation to meet the evolving electrification needs of fleets and truck operators,” said Kevin Self, senior vice president, strategy, business development & government relations, Schneider Electric. “We are excited to join the SuperTruck 3 program to develop the required electric charging infrastructure to support PACCAR’s electric trucks program now and into the future.”

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SuperTruck 3 is a DOE initiative to develop state of the art zero emissions medium- and heavy-duty trucks. PACCAR received a $33 million matching grant for the highly selective program. “The SuperTruck 3 award underscores PACCAR’s industry leadership in zero emissions commercial vehicles,” said John Rich, PACCAR chief technology officer.

For more information on Schneider Electric and eMobility solutions, visit https://www.se.com/us/en/work/solutions/for-business/automotive.

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