The Zeus all-electric mechanic’s truck was unveiled at NTEA's Work Truck Week in Indianapolis last week in the Reading Booth. For the show, the class 5, Z-19 prototype vehicle was upfit with a service body provided by Reading.
In addition, the team at EAVX —a business unit of JB Poindexter & Co that collaborates with electric and alternative power chassis producers— integrated the vehicle with the FX Control system, the latest in vocational work truck technology featuring RFID missing tool alerts, vehicle warning technologies, integrated camera systems and more. The concept vehicle demonstrated the latest innovations in driver safety, worksite performance ,and fleet telematics.
The Zeus Z-19 chassis is pre-engineered to provide seamless integration of all tools and auxiliary functions. The chassis battery powers all the electronic integration in the service body upfit. The streamlined approach to the chassis-body upfit process reduces the upfit time required for integrating the latest electronic technology.
Zeus and JB Poindexter’s EAVX announced their collaboration agreement in October of 2021. The agreement puts the companies on track to develop and commercialize market-leading electric work truck solutions. Joint development efforts will focus on integration of the JB Poindexter & Co (JBPCO) commercial truck bodies, utility truck bodies, and vehicle cargo management systems with the Zeus Power Platform, an all-electric cab chassis. Zeus will leverage JBPCO’s North American operational footprint to help establish a nationwide service and support network for the Zeus products.
The concept vehicle shown at Work Truck Week 2022 represents the first integrated solution for the two companies.