Crane Carrier acquired by EV manufacturer Battle Motors

Battle Motors

Battle Motors, a leader in the development of electric vehicle (EV) technology, has finalized its acquisition of Crane Carrier Company.

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 vehicle engineering at Tesla.

“We are combining the best of last century's severe-duty diesel and compressed natural gas technology with best-in-class EV technology to produce full electric trucks for the marketplace,” says Patterson, Battle Motors' CEO. “There has been minimal movement and very little fundamental innovation in this space, the merging together of a traditional mainstay of the industry with an innovative and highly advanced technology company will generate a radical shift in this important sector of the transportation industry.”

Crane Carrier Company has been manufacturing commercial vehicles for 75 years and is based in New Philadelphia, Ohio, with 180 sales and service dealers throughout North America. Crane Carrier Company is a leader in the vocational truck industry, providing custom, severe‐service chassis and purpose-built vehicles for the refuse and recycling, infrastructure maintenance, ground support, multi‐stop distribution, agriculture, and oil and gas markets under the Battle Motors Company and Crane Carrier Company Engineered Chassis brands.

Through this acquisition, the the combined organization will have approximately 200 employees, Battle Motors says.

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Battle Motors says it is bringing the Battle-Ready Class 8 severe duty full electric truck to the market this summer with 12 top tier Municipal customers. The Battle-Ready Electric delivers the same comfort, visibility and reliability as the CNG and diesel-powered LET2, but with lower maintenance costs, reduced noise and zero carbon emissions. The company says its initial trucks will be designed for front, rear and automated side loader applications within the refuse and recycling space, available in standard and crew cab configurations.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Battle Motors says it plans for Crane Carrier Company to continue production of its Class 7 and 8 truck chassis from the company’s manufacturing plant in New Philadelphia, Ohio, which it will expand from 125,000 sq.-ft. to nearly 350,000 sq.-ft.

"Our dealers and fleet managers are hungry for full battery electric vehicles and I’m confident that we will deliver the best EV trucks in the space, just like we do with our diesel and CNG vehicles," says Marsolan, the company's CSO. 

Adds CTO Sampson, "We are elegantly packaging and integrating the best-in-class of today’s EV applied science with our own new innovations. This places our products at the forefront of EV technology to deliver customer focused breakthroughs in the space."

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