Los Angeles-based Battle Motors Co., a developer of electric vehicle (EV) technology, has acquired the Crane Carrier Company LLC (CCC) of the commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturer (OEM). New Philadelphia, Ohio-based CCC has been manufacturing commercial vehicles for 75 years and has 180 sales and service dealers in North America, according to Battle Motors.
Battle Motors also describes CCC as “a leader in the professional truck industry”, including as a supplier of vehicles for the waste and recycling sectors. Other industries served by CCC are “infrastructure maintenance, ground support, multi-stop distribution, agriculture, and oil and gas markets”. The combined Battle and CCC organization will have around 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 Michael Patterson, CEO of Battle Motors and Crane Carrier.
“There has been minimal movement and very little fundamental innovation in this area,” Patterson adds. “The amalgamation of a traditional location in the industry with an innovative and highly developed technology company will bring about a radical change in this important sector – the transportation industry. ”
Battle Motors was co-founded by Patterson, founder of Romeo Power, along with Paul Marsolan, co-founder of information service company InAuth Inc., and Nick Sampson, co-founder of EV startup Faraday Future and former vehicle manager, engineering at Tesla.
Battle Motors intends to bring the Battle-Ready Class 8 high-performance all-electric vehicle to market [this] Summer with 12 first-class municipal customers. “The Battle-Ready EV Truck offers“ the same comfort, visibility and reliability as the CNG [compressed natural gas] and diesel-powered “trucks”, “but with lower maintenance costs, less noise and zero CO2 emissions,” according to the company.
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.
“Battle Motors triples the size of its New Philadelphia manufacturing facility from 125,000 square feet to 350,000 square feet to increase production,” said Joel Day, mayor of New Philadelphia and the East Ohio region. ”
Marsolan: “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 like 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,” comments Nick Sampson. “This puts our products at the forefront of EV technology for making customer-centric breakthroughs in space.”
Battle Motors plans that CCC will continue production of its Class 7 and 8 truck chassis from the company’s New Philadelphia manufacturing facility. Patterson says the Ohio facility expansion will include “capital improvements in infrastructure and strategic investments in new equipment and technology to support the rapid growth of the EV space.”