Autocar Trucks recently launched two truck models purpose-built to serve the concrete and construction industry: the Autocar DC-64M for concrete mixers and the DC-64P for concrete pump applications.
The company said its Autocar DC is a completely new conventional truck engineered from the ground-up for severe-duty vocational applications. Autocar’s goal is to build trucks that are “Always Up,” so they stay in service year after year.
“The new DC models are the result of extensive input we received from our advisory board of concrete professionals,” said Eric Schwartz, managing director of Autocar Trucks. “Every inch of these trucks has been reviewed and improved based on the decades of experience of people operating concrete mixer and boom pump trucks. We’re grateful for their help and proud to bring to this market trucks that are honestly customer-built.”
The Autocar DC’s cab was designed for productivity, durability and safety in the concrete industry, Autocar maintained. The new cab structure is built from a combination of steel, aluminum components and corner castings to withstand the abuse the concrete industry dishes out. The workspace of the cab maximizes productivity for drivers and puts everything within easy reach, while the wide, raked windshield provides “exceptional” visibility. True to Autocar’s mission and toughness, the interior uses materials like polished aluminum bars for door pulls and steel sheets as dash panels, along with a full steel structure inside the dashboard.
The DC-64M and DC-64P join other DC models as the first trucks to feature ultra-high-strength 160,000 PSI steel frame rails, 24% stronger and lighter than the rails on other trucks on the market, eliminating the need for frame liners in nearly all mixer applications, Autocar claimed. “This breakthrough results from the requests of mixer operators who were frustrated by corrosion caused by moisture and muriatic acid penetrating the gap between frame rails and liners,” said Tom Harris, Autocar’s vice president for concrete mixer trucks.
Harris also pointed to the benefits of the DC’s upgraded electrical system: “We’ve routed air lines and self-cleaning electrical harnesses on separate sides of the frame rail to make service easier. But even more importantly, everything is mounted away from the frame rail channels where concrete and liquids accumulate, so that will avoid additional problems we’ve all had to deal with before.”
The DC also features the new Always Up display with prominent warnings and dynamic gauges, which informs the operator or technician when a fault occurs, and provides “one-touch diagnostics” to show them how to fix it.
“It’s a game-changer that gets trucks back into service and making money faster than anything anyone has had before,” Harris said.
The DC powertrain initially includes Cummins X12 engines up to 500 horsepower and 1,700 pound-feet of torque, with additional engines and specs available in the future. Transmissions are Allison RDS4500 and 4700 series for maximum torque at low speeds and easy drivability on-road and in tricky construction sites.
“The DC-64M incorporates a raft of improvements and features specific to concrete mixer trucks, such as rear-engine PTOs and asymmetrical self-leveling front suspensions,” Schwartz said. “And every DC-64P will be custom-engineered for the specific pump body the pumper selects. So suspensions and multiple steer, drive and auxiliary axles will all be selected and placed for optimal weight distribution and Autocar’s industry-leading maneuverability.”
The company says it already accepted firm orders for production of the DC models at its Birmingham AL factory for delivery in the spring of 2020. Visit autocartruck.com/my-new-truck to learn more.