FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Work Truck Show® 2017 provides truck fleet managers with a nearby can't miss opportunity – the chance to get hands-on experience with the newest innovative trucks equipped with the latest components and technology designed to improve safety, fuel efficiency and emissions. Anyone who buys, uses, manages or maintains commercial trucks and equipment should make the short drive to the event, held March 14–17 (exhibit hall opens March 15) at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to its expansive display space and educational conference, the Show features three more ways to witness the future of the work truck industry, up close and personal.
- An educational session and live demonstrations will showcase how the new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 111 rear visibility rules impact vocational vehicles.
- At The Work Truck Show Ride-and-Drive, attendees can meet key suppliers, learn about innovative safety and clean vehicle solutions and test-drive or ride in the latest trucks.
- The Lightweight and Advanced Technology Demo Trucks Display will highlight components and technology that improve fuel utilization and reduce emissions.
The Work Truck Show, North America's largest work truck event, is produced annually by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry. Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit educational sessions begin March 14, and the 500,000-square-foot exhibit hall is open March 15–17.
The concurrent educational session, FMVSS 111 — How New Rearview Camera Requirements Affect Commercial Vehicles, is scheduled March 14 from 3–4:15 p.m. It will be presented by Susan Dehne, NTEA senior director of technical services, and Steve Spata, NTEA technical assistance director.
Live demonstrations featuring the steps used to verify how a rear camera conforms to the new field of view requirements will be held in Booth 3400 during the following times:
- Wednesday, March 15, 1–1:30 p.m. and 3–3:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 16, 1–1:30 p.m. and 3–3:30 p.m.
"FMVSS 111, traditionally the standard for mirrors, now includes rear camera systems for vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less," Spata explained. "The phase-in for the new rear vision system requirements will include altered vehicles beginning May 1, 2017. Full compliance is required for vehicles manufactured on or after May 1, 2018. NTEA has developed a conformity test manual and kit to help industry companies comply with requirements."
The Work Truck Show Ride-and-Drive is available March 15–16 to all Show attendees, with no additional registration or admission fee required. A CDL with air brake endorsement is required to drive some trucks. Attendees can choose to ride in or drive any of the participating vehicles, including:
- Cummins 2017 B6.7-powered International DuraStar recovery truck.
- Eaton UltraShift Plus VCS Transmission in a Peterbilt 567.
- Ford Transit van equipped with Derive Efficiency's vehicle calibration technology.
- Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation S2G propane-powered medium-duty box truck.
- Freightliner M2 box truck featuring Allison Transmission's FuelSense® 2.0.
- Hino COE 195H electric hybrid truck.
- International DuraStar 4300 featuring an Eaton 7-speed Procision Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission.
- Isuzu NPR truck featuring a Reading utility body.
- Lightning Hybrid Energy Recovery System on an International DuraStar box truck.
- Mitsubishi FUSO eCanter fully electric battery-powered medium-duty cabover work truck.
- Mobileye Collision Avoidance System installed in a large passenger van.
- Morgan Olson walk-in van with a Motiv all-electric powertrain.
- Power Solutions International compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system on a Chevrolet 2500 crew cab pickup truck.
- TramBed commercial truck bed extension on a Ford F-250 Super Duty crew cab pickup.
- Zenith Motors 100-percent electric van.
The Lightweight and Advanced Technology Demo Trucks Display will highlight components and technology that provide fuel and emissions savings. Two vehicles — a Ford F-350 aluminum cab chassis and a 13,000-pound gross vehicle weight Isuzu NPR — have been upfitted with selected components/technology as part of this display. Also featured will be a BrandFX composite service body designed to provide significant weight reduction. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will provide an analysis of the lifecycle cost benefits from the technologies highlighted. The display will be located next to Booth 3400 in the exhibit hall.
As a special treat this year, two of professional football's most colorful analysts, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long, will share the stage as keynote speakers as part of the President's Breakfast on Thursday, March 16. A ticket is required for this event – please note tickets are almost sold out.
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For more information and to register, visit worktruckshow.com. Join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/TheWorkTruckShow and on Twitter at @WorkTruckShow with the official Work Truck Show hashtag #worktrucks17 and Green Truck Summit hashtag #greentrucks17.
Established in 1964, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents 1,900 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 government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario.
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