Over 20 Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles Available for Test Driving at the Work Truck Show 2013

More than 20 commercially viable hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles will be available for attendees to test drive during the Work Truck Show's Green Truck Ride-and-Drive event.

The Work Truck Show’s Green Truck Ride-and-Drive lets attendees test-drive more than 20 commercially viable advanced hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles in a real-world environment. In 2013, 21 trucks, vans and buses featuring the latest innovations in fuel efficiency are available to show attendees as part of the free Ride-and-Drive. An additional four vehicles are staged as stationary displays nearby to provide demonstrations of energy-efficient equipment, including aerial devices, hybrid cranes and refrigeration systems.

The Work Truck Show 2013, North America’s largest work truck event, runs March 6 to 8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. Educational programming and the Green Truck Summit start March 5. The test drives are conducted on city streets outside the convention center March 6 and 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Unlike some other new product test drive events, the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive offers vehicles that are viable in the real world right now,” says Bob Johnson, Director of Fleet Relations for NTEA. “Drivers get to take real commercial vehicles out on actual city streets in order to get a true idea about how they perform. There’s no other event where you can get behind the wheel of so many cutting-edge vehicles like these on an open course.”

New technologies in this year’s Ride-and-Drive vehicles include high-efficiency engines, hybrid powertrains, alternative fuel systems, noise reduction systems and lightweight, aerodynamic bodies. The broad spectrum of vehicle power systems represented includes diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), autogas (propane), bi-fuel, hydraulic hybrid and electric hybrid (series and parallel).

The Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is sponsored by Hino Trucks. The companies providing vehicles are:

Allison Transmission, Inc.

Shuttle bus with parallel electric hybrid transmission system

Altec Industries

Aerial device with hybrid idle management system

BAE Systems

Tractor with heavy-duty hybrid electric propulsion system

Chelsea Products Div. of Parker

Truck with noise-reducing PTO system

Chevrolet & GMC Commercial Truck

Bi-fuel CNG Silverado 2500HD

Crosspoint Kinetics

Shuttle bus with parallel electric hybrid drive system

ECHO Automotive

Plug-in electric hybrid van

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation

MT-55 van with parallel hydraulic hybrid drive system

Freightliner Trucks

114SD natural gas powered dump truck

Hino Trucks

Two COE 195s with diesel-electric hybrid powertrains

IMPCO Automotive

Bi-fuel CNG truck

International Truck


Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.

Bi-phase propane autogas N-Series truck

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies

Truck with all-electric refrigeration system

Ultra-high thermal efficient refrigerated truck body

Kenworth Truck Co.

CNG-powered T660 tractor

Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products

CNG-powered cargo van


Flatbed/crane truck with parallel electric hybrid power system

Peterbilt Motors Company

CNG-powered 382 day cab tractor

Propane Education & Research Council

Pickup truck with propane autogas fuel system

Freightliner S2G Custom Chassis with propane autogas system

Ram Commercial

2500 series truck with CNG/gasoline dual fuel system

ROUSH CleanTech

Autogas-powered pickup truck

Wrightspeed, Inc.

Truck with series electric hybrid drive system

“We’re very encouraged by the extensive exhibitor involvement in this unique event,” says Johnson. “The number of green truck enhancements available as factory installments has grown tremendously in recent years. It’s obvious there is a strong market for fuel-efficient vehicles, and The Work Truck Show is the best place for fleets to find the green trucks they need.”

Participation is free and all vehicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis to all Work Truck Show attendees wishing to participate in the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive. A CDL is required to drive some of the vehicles. (Anyone without a CDL is welcome to ride in these vehicles as they are driven by manufacturer representatives).

Complete vehicle descriptions are available at http://www.ntea.com/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=28187.