Autocar is adding another CNG-equipped refuse truck to its roster: the class-7 “baby 8” Xpert ACMD. Introduced at the recent 2013 Autocar Natural Gas Symposium in Indianapolis, the vehicle attracted attention from private and municipal waste haulers — its smaller footprint makes it ideal for crowded and cramped urban refuse collection.
Now available with the Cummins Westport CNG/LNG engine, the cabover Xpert was originally launched in 2013 as a diesel truck.
Eric Schwartz, Vice President of Autocar Industries, a division of Autocar, explained the Xpert fills a void in the current class-7 refuse market. Waste haulers have long complained of a gap in their urban fleets, as the current conventional cab medium-duty trucks fall short in a number of ways.
Autocar has responded with what they describe as the first and only medium-duty truck with severe-service strength on a smaller wheelbase, beating the turning radius of conventional cabs by an average of 8-18% and adding an extra 25 feet of forward visibility.