FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fleet operators planning for the future can save time this year by trying out 23 sustainable technology vehicles in one place during the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive at The Work Truck Show® 2014. Every vehicle is available for test-drives on city streets and in a new closed-access course, providing Show attendees with more vehicles to drive than ever before. This year's lineup includes trucks, shuttle buses and vans powered by the latest alternative fuel and hybrid systems.
The Work Truck Show 2014, North America's largest work truck event, runs March 5–7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. Educational programming, including the Green Truck Summit, begins March 4. Sponsored by Hino Trucks, the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is open to all show attendees on Wednesday, March 5, and Thursday, March 6 from 12:00noon to 4:30pm.
"Instead of trying to find time throughout the year to research and test-drive new vehicles, Work Truck Show attendees can try out 23 of the latest cutting edge alternative fuel and hybrid systems at the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive," says Bob Johnson, NTEA director of fleet relations. "This year's large, diverse fleet of vehicles includes real-world solutions for attendees from nearly any industry."
Many popular alternative fuel and fuel-saving systems are represented at the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, including bi-fuel, compressed natural gas (CNG), electric hybrid, high-efficiency diesel, hydraulic hybrid, plug-in electric and propane autogas. The vehicles included in the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive are:
- Shuttle bus with parallel electric hybrid transmission system
- Aerial device with plug-in hybrid energy management system
- Electric walk-in van
Boulder Electric Vehicle
- Plug-in electric van
- Parallel electric hybrid shuttle bus
ECHO Automotive, Inc.
- Plug-in electric hybrid van
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation
- Ultra-clean high-efficiency diesel walk-in van
- Natural gas dump truck
- Two electric hybrid cab-over trucks
- Bi-fuel CNG sedan
- Plug-in electric tractor
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.
- CNG N-Series truck
Kenworth Truck Co.
- CNG roll-off straight truck
- Hydraulic hybrid shuttle bus
Odyne Systems, LLC
- Plug-in parallel electric hybrid truck
Peterbilt Motors Company
- CNG day cab tractor
- CNG pickup
- Liquid propane autogas pickup
Vanair Manufacturing Inc.
- Vehicle with diesel idle management system
VIA Motors, Inc.
- Electric pickup
- Hybrid electric cargo van
- Electric cargo van
Green Truck Ride-and-Drive participation is free and no advance registration is required. The vehicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Ride-and-Drive can be accessed at the intersection of aisles 1300 and 3000 on the show floor, near the NTEA Demo Theater.
Participants can drive the traditional course that follows city streets around the Convention Center, or they can take the vehicles into a reserved section of the Indianapolis Zoo parking lot nearby. This large, open area is closed to public traffic, so drivers can devote their attention to their vehicles or park them to test equipment. The new section also allows individuals without a commercial driver's license (CDL) to test drive trucks requiring one.
Additional information about the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is available at www.ntea.com/worktruckshow/greenproductsandprograms. To register for The Work Truck Show 2014, visit www.ntea.com or call 1-800-441-6832.
Produced annually by NTEA, The Work Truck Show brings together thousands of work truck professionals, including fleet managers, equipment buyers, maintenance personnel, manufacturers, distributors and dealers.
Connect with the NTEA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NTEA.TheAssociationForTheWorkTruckIndustry, and join the Work Truck Show conversation on Twitter at @WorkTruckShow and @nteanews with the official hashtag: #wts2014.
Established in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 1,600 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.