Autocar begins field-testing battery-electric cabover refuse vehicles


Autocar, a number one producer of specialised severe-duty vocational vehicles, has constructed its first two alpha items that characteristic an all-electric powertrain. The 2 E-ACX battery-electric cabover refuse vehicles are going via a strict validation testing course of to make sure the vehicles are constructed to deal with the identical challenges and necessities as their diesel and CNG counterparts.


Autocar’s All-Electrical E-ACX with cowl eliminated to show one in every of three excessive voltage battery packs.

The E-ACX-64 alpha items are each automated facet loaders that leverage Autocar’s Energy of One integration, that includes the business’s finest physique integration course of that gives parallel engineering with Autocar physique companions Heil and New Means. The alpha1 unit options the HEIL COMMAND SST and the alpha2 unit options the NEW WAY SIDEWINDER 3.0.

E-ACX contains a battery-agnostic resolution and built-in cooling system that Autocar has engineered to adapt to completely different battery applied sciences. As improvements and enhancements within the EV business change, Autocar’s E-ACX is constructed to evolve and adapt to make use of any battery the client decides for his or her programming. Autocar is among the solely OEMs to supply this, as most different OEMs are tied to particular producers or use proprietary expertise.

The E-ACX refuse truck can stand up to essentially the most demanding challenges thrown its manner with reliability and sturdiness via the business’s finest physique integration, Energy of One Plus. Autocar is the one OEM with such a integration. As well as, the electrical refuse truck makes use of the Meritor E-axles designed to suit the variations of electrical vehicles and distinctive Sensible Show integration for operator info and diagnostics.

The E-ACX will likely be accessible for pre-orders in 2023, with a restricted manufacturing run in 2024.

Autocar is partnering with choose prospects to facilitate validation checks below actual work situations to confirm efficiency metrics and obtain operator enter for each alpha items. Refuse vehicles are topic to all forms of climates coast to coast, biking via 1000’s of stops and begins a day, out and in of landfills and switch stations, that put even the perfect engineered vehicles out of service. Consequently, these actual world checks and validations are key to creating certain the E-ACX is ALWAYS UP.

The E-ACTT crew that developed our all-electric terminal tractor will get lots of credit score for main the BEV improvement and bringing this expertise to severe-duty requirements. The E-ACX is one other step in our purpose to assist fleets obtain zero emissions whereas not compromising on efficiency or sturdiness.

—Timothy Thornton, vp and normal supervisor refuse at Autocar


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