To keep pace with the evolving advanced truck technologies and alternative fuels vehicle market, the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive at The Work Truck Show 2014 will include a closed-access driving area in addition to the traditional open road test drive course.
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 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Green Truck Ride-and-Drive course covers city streets near the convention center, but participants in 2014 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, so drivers can 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 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:
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.
Kenworth Truck Co.
Lightning Hybrids, Inc.
Odyne Systems, LLC
Peterbilt Motors Company
VIA Motors, Inc.
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. Visit www.ntea.com/worktruckshow/greenproductsandprograms to learn more about the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, Green Truck Summit, and Productivity and Fuels Pavilion.
To register for The Work Truck Show 2014, visit www.ntea.com.