Drive over 20 environmentally friendly trucks at The Work Truck Show 2012
By Anthony Capkun
December 6, 2011 – The Work Truck Show 2012 will once again max out available space at the Indiana Convention Center to provide show attendees with access to 21 environmentally friendly vehicles during the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive. Equipment demonstrations of electric PTOs and similar technologies also will take place in a stationary display area adjacent to the outdoor Ride-and-Drive course. And, like last year, EBMag will be there… and we’d love to see you there, too!
A fixture of The Work Truck Show since 2007, the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive gives delegates the opportunity to experience cutting-edge technologies and energy-efficient vehicles first-hand. This year’s event includes a range of environmentally friendly drive systems, including CNG, propane, battery-electric, extended range electric, ultra-clean biodiesel, bi-fuel CNG, electric hybrids (series and parallel) and hydraulic hybrids. Some of the vehicles will also feature lightweight and aerodynamic technologies that further reduce the vehicle’s fuel consumption.
CLICK HERE for our VIDEO from the 2011 Green Truck Ride-and-Drive.
The Work Truck Show, North America’s largest work truck event, runs March 6-8, 2012 (education sessions start March 5). The Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is open to all attendees on March 6 and 7, from noon until 4:30 pm. There is no additional charge to participate.
“Driving a truck under real-world conditions provides insights into the vehicle that you can’t get any other way,” explains Bob Johnson, NTEA fleet relations director, and regular contributor to EBMag. “You can experience for yourself the vehicle’s handling characteristics, sounds, user-friendliness and more. If you’re interested in green vehicles, be sure to allow time in your Show schedule for the Ride-and-Drive.”
The Ride-and-Drive is sponsored by Hino Trucks. Meantime, the companies providing vehicles for the include:
• Altec Industries (stationary demonstration)
• BAE Systems
• Cummins Crosspoint
• Electric Vehicles International
• Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.
• Freightliner Trucks
• Hino Trucks
• IMPCO Automotive
• International Truck
• Isuzu Commercial Truck of America
• Kenworth Truck Co.
• Knapheide Manufacturing Co. (The)
• Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products
• Lightning Hybrids
• Motiv Power Systems
• Peterbilt Motors Co.
• Propane Education & Research Council (PERC)
• Ram Trucks
• Reading Truck Body
• Roush CleanTech
• Smith Electric Vehicles
Access to the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is included with Work Truck Show registration. Attendees sign up on the show floor for the vehicles they want to drive on a first-come, first-served basis. A CDL is required in order to drive a few of the vehicles. (Attendees without a CDL are welcome to ride in these vehicles as they are driven by manufacturers’ reps.) The Ride-and-Drive course covers city streets to provide a realistic driving experience.
To REGISTER for The Work Truck Show 2012, visit www.ntea.com.
Produced annually by NTEA, The Work Truck Show showcases more than 500,000 square feet of Class 1-8 vocational trucks and equipment. It brings together thousands of work truck professionals, including fleet managers, equipment buyers, maintenance personnel, manufacturers, distributors and dealers.