King County Solid Waste Division Places Order For Kenworth T680E Battery Electric Vehicle

Kenworth has announced that King County in Washington state has ordered a zero emissions Kenworth T680E battery electric vehicle.

King County is Washington’s most populous county with more than 2.7 million residents. The Kenworth T680E will operate in the county’s solid waste division, where it will be used to transfer refuse from King County’s Recycling and Transfer Station in Enumclaw to the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley.
According to Pat McLaughlin, King County Solid Waste Division director, cities in King County were among the first in the U.S. to implement curbside recycling programs in the 1980s. When the Kenworth T680E is placed into service, it will become one of the first Class 8 zero emissions trucks to be used in waste management in North America.

“We’re committed to protecting the natural resources that define our region,” said McLaughlin. “Deploying the Kenworth T680E is one of the steps we’re taking that will help us cut our carbon footprint and reduce diesel emissions while supporting the region’s need for responsible waste management.”

In 2020, King County announced its Strategic Climate Action Plan that sets goals directed at cutting greenhouse emissions in half by the end of the decade. To help accomplish this goal, King County plans to continue to add zero emissions vehicles to its fleet.

“As a company headquartered within King County’s jurisdiction, we take pride in the county’s decision to add our Class 8 battery electric truck,” said Jim Walenczak, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing. “We’re committed to manufacturing vehicles that are better for the environment and look forward to seeing King County’s T680E operating in our local community.” 

The Kenworth T680E was ordered through Papé Kenworth Northwest – SeaTac and represents the first Kenworth battery electric vehicle order in Washington state. “This King County order for the zero emissions T680E marks a significant milestone as our customers begin to seriously explore the environmental benefits of Kenworth electric vehicles,” said Mitch Hatfield, general manager of Papé Kenworth Northwest.

Designed for pickup and delivery, regional haul and drayage applications, the T680E is available as a day cab as either a tractor or straight truck in a 6×4 axle configuration. The new model is offered in an 82,000 lb. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).

The Kenworth T680E is equipped with 536 hp continuous power and up to 670 hp peak power and 1,623 lb.-ft. of torque and has a top speed of 70 mph. The zero emissions vehicle has an estimated operating range of 150 miles, depending on application. The T680E uses the industry standard SAE CCS1 charge port and can be fully charged in approximately three hours. Kenworth’s Class 8 battery electric vehicle features Meritor’s Blue Horizon 14Xe™ tandem electric powertrain with smooth shifting and operation.

In addition to the T680E, the current comprehensive Kenworth Driving To Zero Emissions™ program features the medium duty Kenworth K270E and K370E battery electric vehicles, which also are available for order. To learn more about how Kenworth is Driving To Zero Emissions, visit the program’s website (

Kenworth customers with questions about any battery electric vehicle incentive programs in the U.S. and Canada may contact Alec Cervenka of Kenworth ( /425-902-3275).


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