Refuse-collecting vehicles are significant polluters due to their expected drive cycles involving frequent stops and long idle periods. Electric refuse-collecting vehicles, still in their infancy, promise to address this through the replacement of internal combustion engines with batteries and electric traction motors. Today, typical motors for these vehicles involve heavy use of rare earth permanent magnets, which are subject to high price volatility, environmentally damaging mining practices, and occupational health hazards associated with refinement. The switched reluctance motor, which makes use of no permanent magnets, is a suitable substitute. This type of motor technology offers several advantages such as simple and robust construction, the ability to operate at high speeds and high temperature conditions, fault tolerance capability, and lower production costs in comparison with other technologies. This paper focuses on the design process of a switched reluctance motor for a battery electric refuse-collecting vehicle. The designed motor has a 36/24 outer rotor configuration, and its electrical and mechanical characteristics are based on the commercial traction motor TM4 SUMO HD HV3500-9P. The performance of the motor is evaluated using simulation tools such as JMAG and MATLAB/Simulink.