Peterbilt Motors Company says its new Vehicle Electrical Control Unit (VECU) increases customer functionality and simplifies body upfitting.
The company worked with its customers and truck equipment manufacturers to develop the VECU, which is designed to improve the process of electrically integrating a Peterbilt chassis with a vocational body.
It plans to install the VECU on Models 567 and 579 trucks produced in October.
“Peterbilt’s heritage is built on customers being able to order a truck that is designed and manufactured specifically to get the job done in the most efficient and reliable manner,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt’s ssistant General Manager of sales and marketing.
“The enhanced PTO functionality for the MX engine, simplified wiring harnesses and electronics capacity of VECU will provide our customers access to advanced technology functions and expanded configuration of the overall truck operation.”
Proper electrical communication between the chassis and body is key to maintaining Peterbilt’s high standard of reliability, the company said. Peterbilt offers a variety of body connectors intended to simplify the integration process, including customized settings for PTO operations, multiplex switches to improve diagnostic capabilities and additional safety interlocks.
Customers also will be able to utilize a standard RP1226 connector, located inside the cab, to connect aftermarket electronic devices like telematics systems, ELDs and electronic body controls.