Battle Motors, a leading supplier of electric vehicles (EV), has acquired commercial vehicle manufacturer Crane Carrier Company LLC (CCC).
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Battle Motors, founded by Michael Patterson, founder of Romeo Power; Paul Marsolan, co-founder and former CTO of InAuth Inc .; and Nick Sampson, co-founder of Faraday Future and former head of automotive engineering at Tesla, recently acquired Crane Carrier Co.
Crane Carrier Co. (CCC) has been manufacturing commercial vehicles for 75 years and is based in New Philadelphia, Ohio, with 180 sales and service dealers across North America. Crane Carrier Co. is a leader in the professional trucking industry, providing custom, hard-to-drive chassis and purpose-built vehicles for the waste and recycling, infrastructure maintenance, ground support, multi-stop distribution, agriculture, and oil and gas markets under the Battle Motors brands Company and Crane Carrier Company Engineered Chassis. The combined organization will have approximately 200 employees.
“We are combining the best of the last century’s high-performance diesel and natural gas (CNG) technology with the best EV technology in its class to produce all-electric trucks for the market,” said Patterson, CEO of Battle Motors and Crane Carrier .
Patterson continues, “There has been minimal movement and very little fundamental innovation in this area. The merger of a traditional location in the industry with an innovative and cutting-edge technology company will bring about a radical change in this important sector of the transport industry. ”
Battle Motors is launching the Battle-Ready Class 8 high-performance fully electric vehicle this summer with 12 top municipal customers. The Battle-Ready Electric offers the same comfort, visibility and reliability as the CNG- and diesel-powered LET2, but with lower maintenance costs, less noise and zero CO2 emissions. The first trucks are designed for front, rear and automated side loading applications in the garbage and recycling area, available in standard and crew cabin configurations.
New Philadelphia Mayor Joel Day says the company’s vision will give the local economy a huge boost: “Battle Motors is tripling the size of its New Philadelphia manufacturing facility from 125,000 square feet to 350,000 square feet to increase production. It fits in perfectly with the advanced manufacturing initiative in our county and the East Ohio region. “
Paul Marsolan, CSO, said: “Our dealers and fleet managers are hungry for full battery electric vehicles and I am confident that we will deliver the best EV trucks in space, just as we do with our diesel and CNG vehicles.”
“We pack elegantly and incorporate the best in class of today’s EV applied science into our own new innovations. This puts our products at the forefront of EV technology for customer-centric breakthroughs in space, ”added Nick Sampson, CTO.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Battle Motors plans to have CCC continue production of its Class 7 and 8 truck chassis at the company’s New Philadelphia, Ohio facility. Patterson plans to expand the Ohio facility, make capital improvements in infrastructure, and make strategic investments in new equipment and technology to support rapid growth in the EV space.