Autocar LLC has launched its latest reimagined severe-duty vocational truck, the DC-64D, a dump model built from the ground up and engineered to incorporate more strength and durability.
This is the fourth iteration of Autocar’s DC-64 severe-duty Class 8 line, with new models of the DC-64M for Mixers, DC-64P for Pump and the DC-64R for Refuse launched last year.
Assembled at the company’s manufacturing facility in Birmingham, the DC-64D Dump Truck features a spacious and functional cab and more strength and durability than previous models.
“The DC-64D is expertly configured and solves many industry issues not addressed by other suppliers,” said Eric Schwartz, president of Autocar Truck. “Unlike any other vehicle in the North American heavy-duty commercial truck market, Autocar Trucks are vocational pre-engineered for seamless body integration and don’t require significant structural modifications. As such, our trucks are safer, more structurally sound and are engineered to have a longer life span, which lowers the TCO (total cost of ownership) and adds to our Always Up promise.”
Autocar collaborated with RS Godwin SCS on the dump body and Hardox steel for durability and lighter weight. The company also collaborated with industry experts on the overall design.
The DC-64D’s power comes from multiple Cummins engine options — the L9, X12 and ISX12N CNG series — providing customers with performance, fuel economy and lower operating costs per mile backed by service and parts networks. Also, the new X12 engine option offers access to the single module after-treatment system, which provides more efficiency and service access from Cummins. Soon, the DC-64D will offer a fourth engine option — the X15, which will be available in 2022.
Drivers of the dump truck will also enjoy the 325-degree all-around driver visibility that comes from 30% more glass than other companies offer. This includes the rear-corner wrap-around windows to improve the rearward view. The DC-64D is built with dual Sheppard M100 steering gears, 112-inch BBC and up to 50 degrees wheel cut, allowing for easier maneuverability. The cab also features a 7-inch driver information smart display to minimize driver distractions and help technicians during maintenance.
Drivers’ safety is also taken into account with the all-welded steel cab construction and protection for roll-over incidents. Its frame rail material has a yield strength of 160,000 PSI, RBM 3.91 lbs. in. and is 24% stronger than industry standards.
Founded in 1897 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Autocar LLC is the oldest American-owned and operated original equipment truck manufacturer. Autocar opened its Birmingham assembly plant in April 2018, in a 1 million-square-foot facility.