ADVANCED EV LINE FOR BATTERY AND POWER PACK ASSEMBLY IN BIRMINGHAM PLANT
BIRMINGHAM, AL (June 28, 2023) – Autocar has enhanced its manufacturing facility in Birmingham, Alabama, with an advanced EV assembly line, complementing the brand’s handmade heritage.
Blackstone Construction shaped and installed the structure for Autocar’s new EV line, with industrial engineering and technical expertise provided by Triz Advanced Manufacturing. Autocar knows the value of pre-engineering, and assisted by Triz Engineering, the brand now has a dedicated EV component assembly line to ensure the best power unit and battery pack build quality.
Autocar CEO Andrew Taitz is excited by the latest assembly line developments in Birmingham. "When we set up the Birmingham plant in 2017, it was a significant moment for Autocar and we got it done in record time. Deepening the plant’s capabilities with our own EV assembly technology, developed by Triz Advanced Manufacturing, shows we have the talent, vision and commitment to keep advancing with all market developments."
Autocar’s in-house designed powerpacks and HV battery packs are the first EV powertrain components being assembled on the new line in Birmingham. Andrew Taitz believes the new EV line empowers Autocar to keep delivering on customer expectations, regardless of powertrain choice. "Our customers know, trust and expect Autocar quality. Whichever powertrain option Autocar customer choose, build quality is never optional. It’s a given. Assembling our battery packs in-house, on a dedicated EV line, is the latest technology commitment to our promise of Always Up, for all our trucks."
Throughout the build phases of Autocar’s advanced EV power units and battery packs, assembly technicians access digital confirmation terminals and scanners to validate the health of each truck’s battery and electrical architecture. Autocar’s new EV line leverages the experience and awareness of master assembly technicians with the benefits of a digitally enhanced assembly system.
Handmade and proudly American aren’t options with Autocar, and that’s true for brand’s the new energy trucks too. Autocar’s EV Terminal Tractor is the brand’s first truck to benefit from components made using the Triz Advanced Manufacturing design, integrating power units and battery packs created in Birmingham with the final assembly in Hagerstown, where the E-ACTT is built.
Autocar’s portfolio of assembled EV components is scheduled to expand in future, realizing the new EV line’s potential.
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ABOUT AUTOCAR, LLC:
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.
Sydney Borden, Autocar LLC
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