About Battle Motors

Learn more about the History of Battle Motors

They Call Me The Working Man

Battle Motors is a leader in the vocational truck industry, providing custom, severe-service chassis and purpose built vehicles for the refuse and recycling, infrastructure maintenance, ground support, agriculture and oil and gas industries under Battle Motors Engineered Chassis brands.


The Beginning

Battle Motors began in 1946 as Crane Carrier Company (CCC) by modifying, reinforcing and re-manufacturing surplus military vehicles for the construction and petroleum industries. As the company grew with their markets' requirements, modifying commercial and military chassis became less suitable for their customers’ needs, and the company began designing and manufacturing their own custom chassis for the mobile crane market.


Century line

CCC pioneered the development of the CCC Century line of chassis during the 1960's as a vehicle designed for the specialized requirements of on- and off-highway ready-mix concrete carriers and materials hauling industries.

Quality, Craftsmanship and Innovation



Introduced in 1974, the CCC Centurion was the first vehicle of its kind specifically designed for waste management industry applications. In 1979, CCC introduced a new chassis, the Low Entry Centurion, designed specifically for the largest segment of the waste management market - residential refuse collection. As its name implies, the vehicle featured a step-in entry of only 18 inches from ground to cab floor on both sides of the vehicle, less than half the floor height of most commercial cabs. The lower step height and operational dual-steer/ drive controls significantly reduced physical strain on the collection crew and, as a result, increased overall efficiency and productivity. 

The Centurion, eventually known as the LET/LET2 and now today, as the Battle One, continues to be one of the company’s most dynamic growth products. The refuse market has been a main focus for the company for more than 30 years, making CCC an industry leader via dedicated production of innovative, reliable and durable products. CCC developed several products that currently lead the refuse industry in technical innovation, while providing the industry with more reliable and user-friendly products, increasing both productivity and payload capacity.


U.S. Army

In 1995, CCC identified and established itself in several new heavy truck markets including terminal tractors. Strides were made by developing a variation of the company’s existing chassis products, and integrating proprietary technology that allowed CCC to offer a full line of EPA/DOT Certified on-highway terminal tractors, and to become a major supplier of "ship to shore" tractors for the U.S. Army.


LCF chassis

In 2000, CCC introduced the all new and improved LET2 and LCF chassis with a redesigned cab and chassis featuring new technology with improved aesthetics and ergonomics. The new LET2 and LCF cab is designed to enhance driver comfort and efficiency with a 5" deeper cabin, tilt and telescoping steering column(s), a new and updated HVAC system with a more ergonomic dash housing, control locations and instrumentation layout. The new LET2 cab and chassis design, with a remote mounted high capacity radiator, provides the occupants with increased interior room and significant reductions in noise and heat generated by the drive train – while providing the capacity required to cool high horsepower diesel engines with higher heat rejections to meet EPA emission standards.

Purpose Built. Quality Driven.


The alliance

CCC was acquired by Hines Corporation in June of 2013 and the company’s headquarters was relocated to New Philadelphia, Ohio. Under Hines, a strategic merger was initiated to join CCC and Kimble Manufacturing forming Hines Specialty Vehicle Group – manufacturer of custom heavy-duty chassis and purpose built vehicles for the refuse and recycling, infrastructure maintenance, ground support, agriculture, oil and gas, and concrete mixer markets . This alliance of two industry leaders created synergies resulting in increased efficiency, advancements in technology and enhanced customer service.



CCC has now embarked on a new chapter in the company’s long and distinguished history via acquisition by Battle Motors, a company committed to accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy through manufacturing the most durable and performance-driven class 7 and 8 electric trucks.

The CCC legacy of blazing new trails carries on as Battle Motors is positioned to lead the way in electrification of the severe-service vocational truck market.