Kodiak Robotics launched the first-ever autonomous electrical Class 8 truck.
Kodiak is upfitting a Peterbilt Mannequin 579EV electrical truck with the Kodiak Driver, the corporate’s self-driving know-how. The truck might be integrated into Kodiak’s fleet in 2024.
The Peterbilt Mannequin 579EV truck is the second automobile platform that Kodiak is upfitting and it’s geared up with its fifth-generation sensors.
Kodiak’s autonomous system is vehicle- and powertrain-agnostic, which permits the corporate to simply incorporate its autonomous system into rising truck platforms as they grow to be out there, no matter gasoline kind.
Peterbilt Mannequin 579EV Options
The Peterbilt Mannequin 579EV may be recharged in as little as three hours and supplies a peak energy score of 670 horsepower.
With a spread of as much as 150 miles, the truck is designed for short-haul and drayage deployments and might be good as a take a look at automobile for Kodiak.
Because the know-how for EV vehicles develops and vary expands, Kodiak might be well-positioned to combine its know-how into future EV platforms.
Research have demonstrated that autonomous know-how permits a roughly 10% discount in gasoline consumption; this elevated effectivity will assist lengthen the vary of EVs.
“We consider that the way forward for trucking is the mix of electrical and autonomous automobiles,” mentioned Don Burnette, Founder and CEO of Kodiak Robotics. “Given developments in battery and gasoline cell applied sciences, reaching zero-emissions trucking will quickly be inside attain. Kodiak’s work on the Peterbilt Mannequin 579EV will assist us achieve useful expertise in the way to construct autonomous electrical automobiles and assist us understand that imaginative and prescient. Clients have been lengthy asking for an autonomous electrical automobile and we’re delivering on that want.”
To additional construct upon the sustainability of its vehicles, Kodiak will discover different sustainable automobile platforms, similar to gasoline cells and others, as they’re launched to the market.
The introduction of a zero-emissions truck into Kodiak’s autonomous fleet underscores the corporate’s environmental, social, and governance dedication.
Kodiak will show its Gen-5 autonomous electrical truck on the Superior Clear Transportation Expo.