Autocar delivers first electric terminal tractor to Walmart



HAGERSTOWN, IN (April 27, 2023) – Autocar, LLC, a leading manufacturer providing custom engineered severe-duty vocational vehicles, announced today it is supplying Walmart with a fleet of battery-electric terminal tractors (E-ACTT®). Walmart will receive the first of more than 20 E-ACTTs in May 2023, as the retailer continues to work toward achieving zero emissions across its operations by 2040.

"Our passion for excellence has led us to partner with Walmart to supply them with our state-of-the-art E-ACTT," said Andrew Taitz, chairman of Autocar LLC. "Walmart's commitment to emission elimination is truly inspiring. We are glad to team up with Walmart in their journey to an emission-free future, while also helping them increase efficiency and reduce maintenance costs. The first Autocar-brand electric vehicle launched in 1923, and it’s fitting that we celebrate the 100-year electric truck anniversary with this milestone."

Terminal tractors are powerful heavy-duty vehicles built to handle tough jobs in distribution centers, shipping ports, and freight terminals, such as moving semi-trailers and other large cargo containers. Autocar's E-ACTT, hand-built in the United States, helps fleets like Walmart’s by replacing diesel tractors with a zero-emission truck uniquely fitting the same standards set by its diesel counterpart, the severe-duty Autocar ACTT.

"We are excited to receive our first E-ACTT and continue to advance our zero-emissions transportation strategy in line with our goal to achieve zero emissions across Walmart’s global operations by 2040,” said Fernando Cortes, senior vice president, Transportation, Walmart U.S. "Working with Autocar is a natural fit for us as we share a commitment to innovation and sustainability. I look forward to the positive impact the E-ACTT will have on our distribution center operations and journey to becoming a regenerative company.”

The E-ACTT shares 85 percent of the parts with Autocar’s diesel version and is purpose-built from the ground up to have zero emissions, reduced maintenance costs, and better return on investment. This zero-emission fleet will help Walmart meet its commitment to zero emissions by 2040 and comply with new regulations that prioritize the adoption of emission saving technologies.

“Autocar's E-ACTT features the same rugged durability that customers have come to expect from Autocar, ensuring that Walmart can rely on these vehicles for years to come,” Taitz said. “Every E-ACTT can work a 22-hour shift and is capable of recharging in as little as three hours. This truly lives out the ‘Always Up®’ brand promise we have built at Autocar.” 


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Autocar, LLC, manufacturer of severe-duty vocational trucks carrying the first specialized truck brand in North America, is the only American-owned and operated original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of trucks. Autocar’s severe-duty vocational trucks provide customers the perfect tool for their jobs with the most uptime, support, and impact on their bottom line. Autocar collaborates with customers to build trucks to their exact specifications and needs. Autocar’s purpose-built severe-duty truck lines include ACMD and ACX cab-over trucks, the ACTT and its all-electric E-ACTT terminal tractors, and the DC-64 Class 8 work trucks. Autocar recognizes that performance and uptime are everything and offers every customer 24/7 access to its ALWAYS UP® direct factory support center staffed by expert technicians who engineer and build Autocar’s trucks. Autocar promises to provide trucks that deliver the best value, provide the best service, provide a complete solution for customers’ needs, do the work right the first time, and act proactively, timely and with simplicity.