Autocar's E-ACTT terminal tractor is all-electric with 'lower maintenance' than diesel

Autocar's all-electric E-ACTT terminal tractor rolls out later this year.
Autocar's all-electric E-ACTT terminal tractor rolls out later this year.

Autocar Truck announced an all-electric version of its Autocar ACTT terminal tractor, the E-ACTT which will be available in late 2021.

The E-ACTT yard tractor is designed help meet regulatory mandates for the vocational truck industry to reduce fuel consumption by 24% by model year 2027 and, in California, to transition diesel trucks to zero-emission trucks.

“The E-ACTT is the same reliable, heavy duty Autocar ACTT but is all electric,” said Mark Aubry, general manager, terminal tractor division for Autocar Truck. “Autocar Truck has been a key innovator in the EV truck market dating back to 1923 when we designed our first two EV trucks, Autocar Truck E1 and E2.”

Andrew Taitz, chairman of Autocar Truck, said, “The E-ACTT is the only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) terminal tractor, with an OEM developed electric vehicle system, all Autocar.”

The Autocar E-ACTT electric powertrain with telemetry/diagnostic systems were designed specifically for severe-duty application by Vorza. Vorza’s electric fleet vehicle development team worked directly with Autocar Truck to create the powertrain.

“Through our sister company Vorza Technologies we’re happy to understand the needs of a customer’s infrastructure and give guidance,” Aubry said.

Autocar’s temperature-controlled lithium-ion battery technology and onboard charging system in the E-ACTT terminal tractor are designed to meet demanding duty cycles with minimal operational disruptions, similar operationally to their current diesel counterparts.

Through monitoring systems and telematics, the E-ACTT terminal tractor provides cost savings for both predictive and preventive maintenance. It is designed to improve a fleet’s productivity and efficiency by maximizing uptime. Autocar’s telematics allows each tractor to predict when maintenance is needed, allowing the fleet owner to reduce or eliminate downtime and generate cost savings.

Autocar Ev Actt Terminal Tractor (3)AutocarDesigned specifically for spotting trailers and containers at distribution centers, warehouse/trucking yards, industrial operations, intermodal/rail terminals, and port terminals, Autocar’s E-ACTT terminal tractor’s features include:

  • Custom-built for the customer’s vocational and site-specific needs
  • Integration of high quality, off-the-shelf components
  • The tallest, widest, deepest cab and door combination in the industry
  • Premium cab noise and temperature insulation and matting
  • A robust hydraulics system with fast up/down speeds
  • Easy ingress/egress
  • Tractor-trailer auto-lock system
  • Exclusive four-point premium cab air suspension
  • Autocar Solutions, factory-direct service
  • Choice of warranty service either in-house or by a third-party

“From our customer sight testing experiences, we expect the Autocar E-ACTT to have lower overall maintenance costs than its diesel counterpart,” explained Eric Schwartz, president of Autocar’s Terminal Tractor business in Hagerstown, Ind. “Our EV technology eliminates the need for a lot of necessary preventive maintenance, such as oil changes, transmission service, fan belts, air filters, and other traditional fuel-based engine services.

“Plus, it eliminates the need and cost to completely replace the diesel engine at approximately 25,000 working hours. Fewer moving parts in a robust EV design means increased savings for owners and longer terminal tractor service lifecycles,” Schwartz continued.

In addition to appealing to fleet managers, Aubry anticipates that drivers will appreciate E-ACTT’s quiet and vibration-free operation.

“We purpose-build our tractors with operators and fleet managers in mind, with driver productivity, comfort, maximum value at the forefront and always with a heavy focus on lowering total cost of ownership,” Aubry said. “Our commitment to our customers is to deliver the best value and service, and to provide a complete Autocar solution for their specific needs.”

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