The Work Truck Show 2014 will feature a closed-access driving area in addition to the traditional open road test drive course as part of its Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, which spotlights evolving advanced truck technologies and alternative fuels vehicle market.
The Work Truck Show, North America’s largest work truck event, runs March 5–7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. Educational programing 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 noon to 4:30pm.
“We are now entering a maturation phase for sustainable vehicle technology,” says Bob Johnson, NTEA director of fleet relations. “Vehicle builders have moved beyond the experimental stage and are fine-tuning their systems to meet the needs of specific applications. The new Green Truck Ride-and-Drive elements allow Work Truck Show attendees to take a more tailored test drive and gain a better understanding of what each vehicle can do for them.”
The Green Truck Ride-and-Drive course covers city streets near the convention center, but this year participants have the opportunity to also take the vehicles into a reserved section of the Indianapolis Zoo parking lot nearby. This large, open area is closed to public traffic, allowing test-drivers to devote their attention to the vehicles they’re driving. A vehicle can be parked to demonstrate its equipment capabilities or idled to demonstrate a fuel management system. The new section also allows individuals without a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to test drive a truck requiring one.
Natural gas, propane, plug-in electric, hybrid-electric and extended-range electric vehicles will be featured at the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive. The current lineup includes cargo vans, shuttle buses, pickups, and medium and heavy-duty trucks from 19 exhibiting companies, giving prospective buyers the opportunity to try out a diverse array of technology setups.
Exhibitors providing vehicles for the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive include:
- Allison Transmission
- AMP Trucks/Workhorse
- Crosspoint Kinetics
- ECHO Automotive
- Freightliner Trucks
- Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.
- Hino Trucks
- IMPCO Automotive
- International Truck
- Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.
- Kenworth Truck Co.
- Lightning Hybrids, Inc.
- Odyne Systems, LLC
- Peterbilt Motors Company
- Ram Commercial
- ROUSH CleanTech
- VIA Motors, Inc.
- XL Hybrids
Access to the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is included with Work Truck Show registration. Vehicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is required.
Complete Green Truck Ride-and-Drive vehicle descriptions will be available online in January.