Autocar builds electric cabover refuse trucks

The units feature zero emissions, all-electric powertrains

The alpha unit of Autocar’s E-ACX electric cabover refuse truck. The truck is one of two models undergoing testing.

Autocar LLC, a manufacturer of severe-duty vocational trucks, has built its first two alpha units of the E-ACX, an electric cabover refuse truck. The battery-powered electric vehicles are built with an all-electric powertrain, resulting in zero emissions. They are undergoing validation testing now.

The E-ACX-64 alpha units are both automated side loaders that leverage the company’s Power of One integration, featuring body integration with Heil and New Way. One unit uses Heil’s Command SST body unit and the other uses New Way’s Sidewinder 3.0 body unit.

“We are excited to continue our role as a leader in green innovation for refuse and other vocations with the development of the E-ACX platform. Our process at Autocar is to design trucks that exceed the standards of our customers, so we are very excited to begin testing an all-electric ACX that highlights our engineers and technicians’ hard work and input from customers,” said Timothy Thornton, vice president and general manager refuse at Autocar.

The E-ACX is the company’s second all-electric truck line. It’s first was the E-ACTT, an all-electric terminal tractor that helped bring the battery electric vehicle technology to severe-duty standards.

Autocar is the only American-owned and operated original equipment manufacturer of severe-duty vocational trucks. The company collaborates with customers to build trucks to their exact specifications and needs. It produces the ACMD and ACX cab-over trucks, the ACTT and its all-electric E-ACTT terminal tractors and the DC-64 Class 8 work trucks.

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