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Quantix showcases new Peterbilt electric trucks

Aug. 31, 2022
The chemical supply chain services company plans to use the two hand-built, zero-emissions Model 579 electric vehicles in drayage operations

Quantix is the proud owner of two new hand-built battery-electric trucks.

Peterbilt Motors delivered the Model 579 electric vehicles to the chemical supply chain services company earlier this month. Quantix, which plans to use the trucks in its drayage operations in Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, is one of the first companies in the country to receive 579EVs, Peterbilt said.

“Quantix has very aggressive sustainability goals, and we intend to have 25% of our last-mile and drayage fleet powered by alternative fuels by 2030,” said Chris Ball, Quantix CEO and president. “The Peterbilt Model 579EVs represent another step as Quantix moves to a greener, safer, and smarter future.”

According to a local report, Performance Peterbilt of Tallahassee first unveiled the two electric trucks—which came with a price tag of $350,000 each—on Aug. 12 in Florida. Nathan Ried, Performance Peterbilt CEO, said the hand-built vehicles can plug into any Tesla charging station.

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Quantix, which maintains a fleet of more than 3,000 trucks and trailers, deemed the new electric tractors “the perfect gateway” toward reaching one of its key environmental sustainability goals over the next 10 years. “Between investment in infrastructure, training, and maintenance in partnership with Peterbilt, we have the proper support to incorporate these trucks most efficiently and effectively into our fleet,” added Troy Basso, Quantix vice president of fleet maintenance, who began working with Peterbilt on the project in 2019.

The 579EV, which features a fully integrated, all-electric powertrain that provides a range of up to 150 miles, is designed for “optimal weight distribution and performance,” Peterbilt said. When used in conjunction with a recommended DC fast-charger, the electric truck’s high-energy density battery pack recharges in 3-4 hours, making the 579EV an option for regional haul, drayage, pickup and delivery, and last-mile operations.

“Performance Peterbilt has worked with Quantix for many years, and my team is very proud of our continued efforts to help them meet and exceed their business goals,” Ried said.  “We appreciate the dedicated Peterbilt EV team in their support of Performance Peterbilt and Quantix to help incorporate electric vehicles into their fleet.”         

PACCAR Parts EV charging stations are designed to maximize coverage over a full range of Peterbilt electric vehicles, with output power from 20 kilowatts (kW) to 350 kW, the truck manufacturer added. Customers can rely on PACCAR Parts and its infrastructure partners to tailor EV charger solutions for any size fleet.

EV chargers can be purchased from Peterbilt dealers.

“Peterbilt and our dealer network are committed to helping customers seamlessly integrate electric vehicles into their fleet to deliver a low total cost of ownership and superior, zero-emissions performance,” concluded Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president.

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