Advances in work truck power, efficiency and productivity on display at The Work Truck Show 2017

PR Newswire — March 23, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The ongoing evolution of
the commercial truck industry was on full display at The Work Truck Show® 2017
in Indianapolis, Indiana, last week. More than 500 exhibiting companies
highlighted a wide range of new products and technology designed to make work
trucks more efficient and productive on the job, including advances in
electrification; diesel, gasoline and advanced fuel powertrains;
light-weighting… even augmented reality and solar power.

The Work Truck Show, North America’s largest work truck event, is produced
annually by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry. It was held
March 14-17 at the Indiana Convention Center. The Show brings together the
entire industry, including truck OEMs; component, body and equipment
manufacturers; upfitters and vehicle modifiers; dealers; distributors and fleet
customers. A total of 11,799 industry professionals from all 50 U.S. states,
plus Puerto Rico, and 22 countries attended The Work Truck Show 2017. NTEA
expanded the Show to occupy all available space in the convention center this
year, making it the biggest event in Association history.

“There was a lot of energy in the building,” said Steve Carey, NTEA executive
director. “Attendees were excited to check out the latest trucks, equipment and
technology on the exhibit floor, to test new vehicles during the ride-and-drive
and to take advantage of more than 60 learning opportunities throughout the

At the Show, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. announced it will bring its
new eCanter fully electric Class 4 trucks to market before the end of the year.
In other electrification news, Ford Commercial Vehicles introduced its eQVM
program to help customers get electrified and hydraulic hybrid work trucks that
retain their original powertrain warranties. The program launched with three
developers: XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids. XL Hybrids
also debuted its XLP plug-in hybrid electric powertrain on a Ford F-150. eNow
introduced the Wireless Monitoring System for its solar-based commercial vehicle
power systems.

Other notable product launches included the Foundation Food Truck walk-in van
body from Morgan Olson, Allison Transmission’s FuelSense 2.0 featuring DynActive
Shifting software that can deliver additional fuel savings of up to 6 percent,
and the VMAC DTM PTO-driven air compressor that mounts directly to a truck’s
transmission. Ram Commercial demonstrated its new Augmented Reality Upfit
Configurator, a computer-generated visual program that enables upfitters and
dealers to showcase a number of vehicle options to customers who can virtually
walk around and look inside upfit vans and chassis cabs.

Additional buzz-worthy news came from Cummins Inc., Knapheide, Mack Trucks,
Parker Hannifin, Ranger Design and Switch-N-Go. In total, there were a
record-setting 26 press conferences and more than 150 products launched at the

Green Truck Summit, the premier alternative fuels and advanced technology
conference held annually in conjunction with The Work Truck Show, had increased
attendance even as fuel prices are at historic lows in North America. The Summit
explores the pathway toward zero emissions, recognizing there is not a single
alternative fuel or technology that is the sole solution.

“The Green Truck Summit is unique because it brings together industry, academia
and regulators to find the common ground moving forward,” Carey said. This
year’s event featured representatives from California Air Resources Board,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Transport Canada, Union of Concerned
Scientists, U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
presenting alongside leading OEM engineers and fleet customers.

Other popular educational options this year included special sessions on
recruiting and retaining millennials, implementing lean processes, rapid
prototyping and fleet management. A sold-out crowd attended the President’s
Breakfast & NTEA Annual Meeting with keynote address by Terry Bradshaw and Howie
Long on March 16.

The Work Truck Show, one of the top 100 trade shows in the U.S., returns to
Indianapolis March 6-9, 2018. Sessions begin March 6, and the exhibit hall is
open March 7-9.

Join the Work Truck Show conversation on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @WorkTruckShow. The official
Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit hashtags are #worktrucks17 and

Established in 1964, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry,
represents 1,900 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, and produces The Work
Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in
suburban Detroit and government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa,

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