Schneider Electric, PACCA developing Big Truck Battery Electric, Fuel Cell and EV Charging Technology

Dec. 16, 2021
Schneider Electric will provide the EV infrastructure design and microgrid resiliency for the PACCAR SuperTruck 3 program in the U.S. and Canada

The U.S. Department of Energy provided a $33 million grant to Schneider Electric and PACCAR for the development of its Class 8 Kenworth and Peterbilt battery electric and fuel cell vehicles as well as vehicle charging stations.

Schneider Electric will provide the EV infrastructure design and microgrid resiliency for the PACCAR SuperTruck 3 program in the U.S.  and Canada. The PACCAR SuperTruck 3 program was launched to improve the efficiency of heavy-duty truck freight. PACCAR developed the Kenworth and Peterbilt vehicles in the earlier SuperTruck and SuperTruck 2 programs.

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 utilizing microgrid and digital energy technology, Schneider Electric will help PACCAR deliver power systems solutions that benefit their customers and the environment, the companies say.

“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.”