EV technology developer Battle Motors has acquired the OEM Crane Carrier Company for commercial vehicles. Battle Motors was founded by Michael Patterson, the 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.

The Crane Carrier Company (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. The Crane Carrier Company is a leader in the professional trucking industry, providing custom chassis and purpose built vehicles for the waste and recycling, infrastructure maintenance, ground support, multi-stop distribution, agriculture, and oil and gas markets. The combined organization will have approximately 200 employees.

We combine the best of the last century’s high performance diesel and natural gas (CNG) technology with industry leading EV technology to produce all-electric trucks for the market. 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 highly developed technology company will lead to a radical change in this important sector of the transport industry.

– Michael Patterson, CEO of Battle Motors and Crane Carrier

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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.

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.