In addition to driving work trucks featuring the latest advanced fuel technologies, attendees at The Work Truck Show 2018 will have the chance to engage with some of the newest technology and efficiency solutions available to today’s fleets, including drone delivery, as part of the popular Ride-and-Drive.
The Work Truck Show takes place March 6–9 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Educational sessions, Green Truck Summit and Fleet Technical Congress begin March 6, and the exhibit hall is open March 7–9. Also new to the event this year is an interactive manufacturing education center. The Work Truck Show Ride-and-Drive and Mobile Learning Center are available to all attendees March 7–8 from noon to 4:30 p.m.
The Work Truck Show Ride-and-Drive gives attendees the chance to meet key suppliers, learn about innovative safety and clean vehicle solutions, and test-drive or ride in the latest trucks.
“This year’s Ride-and-Drive offers real-time opportunities to connect with up-and-coming technologies that will make fleet operations more efficient,” says Christopher Lyon, NTEA director of fleet relations. “The event showcases new solutions that can be applied to fleets today, from last-mile deliveries via drone that essentially adds a second employee to increase service efficiency to new auto-docking capabilities and expanded start-stop technology that extends from pickup trucks to larger work trucks.”
A CDL with air brake endorsement is required to drive some trucks, and attendees can choose to ride in or drive any of the participating vehicles, including:
- Alliance AutoGas’s 2016 3.5-liter Ford F-150 V6, featuring a complete “plug and play” conversion system from gasoline to propane autogas, an injector spacer plate, and engine control unit.
- Cummins Inc.’s B6.7 engine with stop-start capabilities for maximum fuel economy in an International DuraStar.
- Eaton’s International 4300 DuraStar featuring Eaton Cummins 7-speed Procision® Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission calibrated with Eaton’s auto-docking technology.
- Ford’s Super Duty Chassis Cab and its F-650 and F-750 lineup featuring either the 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V-8 or the class-exclusive 6.8L Triton V-10 gasoline engine.
- Hino COE 195H electric hybrid truck, also available with a clean diesel powertrain.
- A Ford F-250 pickup truck equipped with InterMotive’s EcoStar Idle Reduction System and Idle Timer Controller.
- Isuzu FTR 18-foot van configuration, featuring lightweight elements from Morgan, Maxon and TODCO.
- Kenworth T680 tractor equipped with the new Worthington Type 3 Rail Mount compressed natural gas fuel system.
- Mitsubishi FUSO eCanter all-electric truck.
- Power Solutions International’s Chevrolet 2500 crew cab pickup featuring its compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system.
- Utilimaster’s AmeriPride walk-in van built on a Motiv all-electric chassis.
Workhorse will demonstrate its HorseFly drone package delivery system in the Ride-and-Drive area at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Workhorse says that using a drone can improve delivery efficiency, while reducing vehicle emissions, as it is launched from the top of a Workhorse electric/hybrid delivery truck and delivers one package while the driver is free to deliver a second package. The HorseFly drone, which adheres to all FAA safety regulations, flies autonomously to its destination, and then re-docks with the truck in a new location.
The new mobile learning center is an on-the-go classroom located on the Ride-and-Drive grounds. It is equipped with examples of manufacturing technologies and systems available today and being developed for the future—such as 3-D printing and scanning, laser cutting and robotics. The interactive experience also features online training resources and additional information on education and career pathways in manufacturing.
The Work Truck Show is produced annually by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry. For the complete schedule of events and to register, visit worktruckshow.com. For more information, call 800-441-6832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NTEA represents approximately 2,000 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. The Association’s administrative headquarters are in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, Mich., and its government relations offices are in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, Ontario.