We have got some really exciting news to announce — a new division called CORE Vehicles, focused on serving commercial market needs and the DIY overlanding crowd. Our first product availability is a four-wheel drive expedition-ready chassis that maintains the highest standards of EPA certification and brake testing.
Hear from EarthCruiser and CORE general manager, Chad Knight, as he joins us from the building bay with additional insights into the formation of CORE Vehicles, specific products and applications, and what to look for in coming months.
Read on for the full announcement and details:
EarthCruiser, a globally recognized brand behind the most accomplished 4×4 recreation vehicles available in the world, is expanding operations with a new business division catering to the commercial and DIY market. CORE, which stands for “Commander Off Road Equipment”, is the newly-formed division of EarthCruiser, created to meet the growing demand of high-performing 4X4 chassis for commercial use. The first product available is a production V8 cab over chassis, upfitted with CORE’s proprietary, industry-tested four-wheel drive system, for sale this summer.
“EarthCruiser is the undisputed leader in cab-over vehicle design in the USA. Integrating our technology into commercial applications is something we’ve talked about for a long time. We value our roots in the recreation industry and want to use our collective experience and the knowledge we’ve gained over the past decades to help and serve others in a way traditional recreation vehicles can’t,” said Chad Knight, GM of EarthCruiser and CORE Vehicles.
“There’s great need for a production four-wheel drive cab over chassis in the commercial and government sectors, and our experience puts us in a unique position to rise to this challenge. Our custom-built CORE Chassis are designed to withstand an unparalleled range of environments and situations. With this platform, we can provide wildland firefighters with a revolutionary quick response vehicle, deliver medical care to Africa and the Asian Steppes, or ensure equipment reaches remote facilities during the harsh Alaskan winter.”
CORE products come from years of travel and engineering with more than two decades experience building expedition vehicles. The CORE Chassis are one-of-a-kind and designed and tested for the American market, and applicable to a global market.
CORE’s proprietary four-wheel drive system is available on the Fuso FE single cab and dual cab now, and will be available for the Chevy LCF and Isuzu NPR models starting in early 2021.
CORE Chassis are put through extensive testing to meet rigorous standards, ensuring all platforms are fully FMVSS/DOT compliant, including a full brake system certification, conducted by one of the top independent automotive test laboratories in the country. Fuel system and exhaust routing are designed to ensure the truck also stays in compliance with EPA and other standards
Initial CORE Product Offerings
CORE Chassis (dual cab pictured)
$105K single cab chassis (4×4)
$120K dual cab chassis (4×4)
CORE Chassis with Box Shell** (not pictured)
$140k single cab chassis 4×4 with box
$155k dual cab chassis 4×4 with box
Approx box dimensions: 13.7′ length x 6.7′ width x 6.8′ height
** Note: CORE Chassis with Box Shell is an empty customizable box and not to be confused with an EarthCruiser house.
Interested parties in commercial application can purchase a CORE Chassis directly to build upon themselves or work with EarthCruiser and to create a custom configuration to meet their unique mission requirements including: Forest service, Homeland Security, fish and game, remote/mobile medicine and disaster relief situations.
CORE commercial models provide shelter and support in a range of critical ways, and can be outfitted with a variety of systems including a top-grade water filtration system and solar power generation, both necessities for extended excursions through remote areas. Potential commercial applications include:
- Providing clean water in a hurricane;
- CORE chassis with steel flatbed option to haul equipment through rugged terrain and remote areas;
- Delivering mobile shelter units to provide power and fresh water or mobile command centers;
- Jobs requiring robust all-weather four-wheel drive systems;
- Foreign governments (natural dis
asters) – easily shipped anywhere in the world and operate effectively out of the box vs most domestic build products
- Mobile vaccinations in remote locations around the globe (Dr.s w/o Borders)
Ultimately, various floor plans will be offered to fit the needs of different agencies and commercial applications.
(Side note: Lance and Michelle captured an experience assisting with disaster relief in Kota Bharu where the EarthCruiser came in handy for providing the group with power for tools and shelter from downpours.)
Additionally, there is a robust DIY market as people seek to build their dream expedition vehicle. This trend is evident in the explosion of DIY vans, school buses, and old trucks that are becoming new home-bases for adventure seekers and digital nomads. This chassis system, which was designed to take the legendary EarthCruiser EXP and FX to all corners of the globe, can now be purchased and incorporated into the world’s best DIY vehicles.
The CORE Chassis platform is unlike any other offering available for the personal-use market — it’s rigorously tested, infused with proprietary components, street legal, and meets required certifications and standards, something a pieced-together chassis can’t deliver. If you are looking to create your own expedition vehicle, and need a rugged and proven platform, look no further than CORE Vehicles.