Meritor to build drivetrains for electric trash trucks

TROY—Officials at the auto supplier Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) announced a five-year agreement to supply electric powertrains to Autocar Truks LLC for refuse vehicles.

The vehicles will use Meritor’s Blue Horizon 14Xe powertrains, with production scheduled to begin in 2022.

“As Meritor has developed its next-generation technologies, we have been able to align our electric powertrain products to their needs,” said Pedro Garcia, director of global electric vehicle powertrains for Meritor. “We are excited about the opportunity to take our partnership into a new direction and get these new technologies on the road.”

Added Autocar president James Johnston: “Meritor has been a longtime partner to Autocar, providing us with proven and trusted technologies for our vehicles, and we look forward to expanding our partnership, so that we can bring zero-emission solutions to market.”

The all-electric, fully integrated, commercial electric powertrain for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles will be produced in Asheville and Forest City, N.C.

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