Peterbilt Launches Model 520 Refuse Truck with Natural Gas Option


Peterbilt Motors Co. has expanded its refuse truck lineup with the new Model 520, which, among a number of other features, offers options for natural gas power.

According to Peterbilt, the standard diesel version features a PACCAR MX-11 engine, but the company is also offering the 8.9-liter ISLG or 11.9-liter ISX12 G engines from Cummins Westport.

The company says the new model has a dual-station cab with two nearly identical work environments so drivers can safely operate from the left- or right-hand side, including dual controls for the parking brakes, HVAC system and stereo. The console sides are angled to enhance visibility for operators and give them easy access to the same controls and displays from the right and left.

The cab also features an enhanced HVAC system for improved airflow and climate control.

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“Peterbilt continues to improve the popular ProBilt interior that is ideally suited for vocational applications,” says Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt’s chief engineer. “The Model 520 features Peterbilt’s latest ProBilt design, providing an operating environment that optimizes comfort, ergonomics and productivity.”

Additionally, the new model’s distinguished grille styling accommodates pantograph wipers that cover 27% more of the windshield than previous designs for increased safety during inclement weather.

“The Model 520 is the foundation of Peterbilt refuse collection vehicles,” says Darrin Siver, Peterbilt’s general manager and PACCAR vice president. “Peterbilt’s Model 520 will give our refuse customers unprecedented levels of uptime, productivity, driver satisfaction and low cost of operation.”

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