Last week’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis featured more than 500 exhibiting companies while attracting 11,799 industry professionals to the Indiana Convention Center.
According to a press release, the March 14-17 show expanded this year and occupied all available space in the convention center, making it the biggest event in the association’s history. In addition to product, the event included 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, advanced fuel powertrains and solar power.
“There was a lot of energy in the building,” reported 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 week.”
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. eNow introduced the Wireless Monitoring System for its solar-based commercial vehicle power systems.
Other notable product launches included the DD8 medium-duty engine by Detroit Diesel and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.’s S2RV chassis based on a conventional S2 commercial truck platform tailored for “Super C” motorhomes.
The Green Truck Summit, 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.
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.