Green Truck and Work Truck Show Set Records,
Expanded Show In Indianapolis Again in 2013
This month’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, “was the biggest work truck event in history,” the National Truck Equipment Association reports. The March 6-8 event broke all standing event records, NTEA says, “with a verified 10,408 attendees checking out work trucks and equipment from 563 exhibitors.”
The preceding NTEA-Calstart Green Truck Summit also hit new highs, with a keynote address from U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu helping to attract a record 772 attendees – a 13% increase over last year’s record turnout, NTEA said.
“We will build on this momentum as we prepare to bring an even bigger Show back to Indianapolis for an unprecedented third straight year in 2013,” NTEA executive director Steve Carey said in a release.
“We’re expanding next year’s Show floor – and have already sold 92% of available space,” Carey said.
Other Work Truck Show 2012 highlights included a sold-out President’s Breakfast with keynote address by George W. Bush, during which Jim Carney, NTEA senior executive director, was recognized for his 36-year career with the NTEA. He will retire April 30.
Many a Clean Fuels Launch
More than 120 exhibiting companies launched at least 140 new products at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Among the many notable debuts were a CNG pickup truck from Chrysler Ram Trucks, General Motors’ bi-fuel 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD extended cab pickups, and gaseous fuel NPR HD trucks – both compressed natural gas and propane – from Isuzu Commercial via Utilimaster. Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp introduced its dedicated-propane S2G.
Westport LD and Venchurs were among the new upfitters increasing the choices in CNG trucks, while the veterans BAF, Impco Automotive and Landi Renzo USA showed new vehicle types and announced new customer relationships. Truck electrification was in evidence too with products ranging from Motiv’s versatile open architecture design for battery electrics to battery aerial lifts from Altec and Terex. Variable Torque Motors and Lightning Hybrids offered hybrid electric and hydraulic hybrid retrofits, respectively.
In heavier vehicles, Freightliner showed a new CNG model, the SD114, and Navistar International showed a new CNG DuraStar.
Paccar’s Kenworth and Peterbilt units brought Eaton-drive hybrid electric and CNG-fueled trucks, respectively.
The Work Truck Show 2013 returns to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis March 6-8, 2013 – again with more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Educational programming, including the Green Truck Summit, starts on March 5, a Tuesday.
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