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A Battle One Severe Duty Refuse truck will soon be on the job in the boroughs of New York and on Long Island.
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Battle Motors delivers EV trucks to NYC firm

Liberty Ashes has purchased two electric refuse vehicles from Battle Motors.


Crane Carrier Company (CCC), an Ohio-based business unit of Los Angeles-based Battle Motors, has announced its first delivery of battery-powered, electric refuse trucks to New York City hauler Liberty Ashes Inc. Battle Motors describes that firm as a family-operated business that has provided the New York City metro area with waste removal and recycling services for more than 50 years.

Liberty Ashes will be using one Battle One Severe Duty Refuse (formerly LET) model and a Battle One Crew Cab (formerly LET2) truck to serve customers in four New York boroughs and two counties on Long Island.

In February 2020, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order mandating a fully electric municipal fleet by 2040, furthering his December 2015 NYC Clean Fleet sustainability plan to create the largest electric vehicle fleet of any American city and reduce New York’s municipal vehicle emissions by half by 2025 and by 80 percent by 2035, says Battle Motors.

Crane Carrier is proud to work with Liberty Ashes and looks forward to doing our part in electrifying the over 5,000 private refuse trucks in NYC,” says Battle Motors CEO Michael Patterson. “The Battle One Severe Duty Refuse and Battle One Crew Cab trucks are workhorses with sophisticated engineering, best-in-class features and quality that’s built to last. “

Comments Sean Gilroy, a vice president with Crane Carrier, “The Battle One delivers the same comfort, visibility, and reliability as the compressed natural gas (CNG)- and diesel-powered Crane Carrier LET and LET2, but champions lower maintenance costs, reduced noise, and zero carbon emissions, all of which are goals of Liberty Ashes Inc. and New York City.”

Liberty Ashes will be one of the first private sanitation and recycling companies to use electric refuse trucks in the New York area, says Battle Motors. The waste and recycling company also is in the process of building a waste conversion facility in Jamaica, Queens, New York, to convert 400 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day into natural gas fuel for its CNG vehicles.