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Green Truck-Work Truck 2013 Amp Is Buying Workhorse

Amp Holding, parent of Amp Electric Vehicles in Ohio, is buying Navistar’s Workhorse assets through a new Amp Trucks subsidiary. —Page 9

Parker’s New IVT

‘Son of RunWise’ hydraulic hybrid for Class 4-6 trucks.  —Page 10

CNG Tanks, and for PSI

Quantum promotes CNG engine systems and full assemblies for its lightweight tanks. —Page 10

Ford’s engineer Chris Brewer describes new Transit and Transit cutaway line – all vehicles to be available for alt-fuel upfits.

Ford Beefs Up Its Alt Fuel-Ready Line Waiting for the 12

Indy’s Monarch Beverage likes CNG, looks forward to even bigger Kenworth trucks. —Page 8

Economical Electrics

XL Hybrids upfits available through Leggett & Platt. —Page 11

Roush Strip Chassis

Roush offers three propane-powered Ford strip chassis and will detail Dish Network order for 200 vans.—Page 13

2013 Ride-and-Drive

Hino is the sponsor of event starting at noon with a score of vehicles and a stationary display.­­ —Page 14

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Ford roars into the 2013 Work Truck Show with word that it’s expanding its line of vehicles delivered factoryready for alternative fuels with gaseous-prep engines. Among them are all-new Transit chassis cab and cutaway models, “engineered to tackle an almost unlimited variety of specialized jobs and vocations.” The Transit trucks come with 3.7-liter V-6 engines, available with a compressed natural gas/propane gaseousprep kit allowing Qualified Vehicle Modifiers to install CNG or propane autogas fuel systems while maintaining Ford dealer availability and warranties. Sales of Ford trucks with CNG/LPG-prepped engines have soared more than 350% since 2009, Ford said. Businesses are using CNG-fueled trucks to lower their operating costs, “with the payback period for

recouping conversion upfit cost as fast as 24 to 36 months of in-use service.” “The transit chassis cab and cutaway models join the industry’s broadest lineup of commercial chassis,” Ford says. The line-up includes E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis, F-Series Super Duty chassis cab, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty chassis cab and F-59 stripped chassis. And, Ford said, the next generation of the Transit Connect range will add yet another CNG-ready engine when it goes on sale later this year, offering a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The smaller engine will make Ford-sanctioned QVM upfits available for a wider range of smaller vehicles. A host of QVM upfitters including BAF for CNG and Roush CleanTech for propane, have vehicles at Ford’s big display (Booth 3139). —More Ford News on Page 5

‘The Right Thing to Do’ Going green is also the responsible thing to do financially, as payback times have gotten shorter and more and more fleets are going green because they’re finding that’s where the money is. The message of green on green was delivered forcefully at the NTEA-Calstart Green Truck Summit here yesterday. —See Page 6



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Welcome to the Green Truck Summit! CALSTART is excited to collaborate with the National Truck Equipment Association in hosting this leading conference on clean commercial truck technologies and fuels. This is a great opportunity for new and returning Green Truck Summit attendees to learn, view, and drive the latest in clean commercial trucks. The educational sessions at the Green Truck Summit are the best way to really begin your visit to learn what’s going on with clean technologies for commercial trucks and understand trends occurring now and in the near future. The Summit offers sessions including a dialog with OEMs on the future of clean technologies, funding purchases of clean vehicles for fleets, technology business case discussions, and individual OEM product presentations. Once the sessions are over, please make your way to the CALSTART Clean Technologies and Fuel Pavilion at the Work Truck Show. Within the Pavilion you’ll have a chance to see 40 of the most innovative clean truck solution providers. Then it’s time to drive clean commercial vehicles in the Green Truck Ride and Drive. Experience the latest in cutting-edge clean vehicle technologies. Participation is free and available to all attendees. During the three-day Work Truck Show, I want to encourage you to attend two special workshops we have organized. The first one is a workshop where you can learn about some very impressive state level incentives that are

currently being provided for fleets interested in reducing their dependence on oil. At this workshop, we’ll also be out discussing a plan to get more states involved in this effort – a particularly important effort given the gridlock in Washington, D.C. This subject should be of interest to fleets, suppliers, and manufacturers. The CALSTART’s Workshop on State Clean Truck Incentives will be in Room 104 of the Convention Center on Wednesday, March 6 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. To also help build the market, with the support of the U.S. Department of Commerce, CALSTART is working to grow exports of clean truck and bus technology in China. We have collected significant amounts of information on the China market and are planning our second forum in Shanghai in the fall of 2013. To learn more about this exciting initiative, we encourage you to attend CALSTART’s US-China Clean Truck and Bus Forum information meeting on Thursday, March 7 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Room 104 (level 1) in the convention center. This meeting should be of particular interest to suppliers and manufacturers who want to enhance – or explore – business opportunities in China.

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Natural Gas Trucks Set for Record Year This will be the best-ever year for sales of natural gas trucks if early performance at Freightliner and Ford is sustained over the coming months. Executives from the two companies pointed to booming sales while speaking at the Green Truck Summit here yesterday. Freightliner, which delivered 2,000 natural gas trucks over the last four years, sold 722 last year. It has 540 on backlog this year “and we’re only just into March,” said Freightliner Trucks natural gas vocational sales manager Bob Carrick. Freightliner is at Booth 4659. Ford has sold 7,000 alternativefueled commercial trucks thus far this year compared to 11,000 for all of last year, according to chief engineer Rob Stevens. Ford now has 27,000 converted trucks in service. Ford offers 26 alternative fuel models, ranging from the allelectric Ford Focus to the compressed natural gas CNG F-650

and F-750 commercial trucks. Ford is at Booth 3139. Peterbilt (1825) engineering manager Frank Schneck didn’t disclose this year’s performance

but said his company sold 1,400 natural gas trucks last year. Of that total, 600 were refuse trucks, and 400 of the tally were fitted with the 15-liter, Cummins ISX-based engine Westport HD by Westport Innovations (5199). The number of natural gas vehicles on the road will expand rapidly over the next few years, according

Compressed natural gas-fueled Freightliner M2 112 truck with Johnston sweeper body

to Doyle Sumrall, senior director of business development at the National Truck Equipment Association. A philosophy of change is overtaking the industry as operators see benefits flowing to the bottom line, and as more fueling stations make natural gas more practical, he said. Sumrall cited Ohio as an example, where in 2008, Akron Metro RTA, the City of Columbus and SWACO opened three stations to fuel their 50 or so CNG vehicles with 45,000 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) that year. Two years later there were four public and five private stations in Ohio supporting 82 CNG vehicles, and that leapt in 2012 to 30 stations and 628 CNG vehicles, which used 1.5 million GGE. Coming soon: another 10 stations and 200 more CNG vehicles, which are expected to use another 350,000 GGE. “Nationwide, the infrastructure is building,” Sumrall said.


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Going Green ‘Is the Right Thing to Do’ The term “Green Fleet” will become just “Fleet” over the next decade as sustainability becomes business as usual. “Sustainability and the green industry are here to stay,” says Lee Styslinger III, chairman and CEO of aerial lift specialist Altec. The keynote speaker at the Green Truck Summit’s opening session yesterday, Styslinger noted there is now real momentum in green business. It’s not just the right thing to do, but it flows to the bottom line: “We view sustainability as a value proposition,” he said. That theme was echoed throughout the conference. The commercial vehicle industry is moving ahead with cleaner vehicles, with operators making money out of them, said John Boesel, president and CEO of Calstart. That’s indeed so, added Doyle Sumrall, senior director of business development with NTEA, the Work Truck Show organizer. More emphasis is being given now to using analysis, tools and models to understand the paybacks on clean vehicles, and to show the benefits that flow to the bottom line. Bob Carrick, natural gas vocational sales manager for Freightliner Trucks, gave an example: an operator with a 10-year horizon buying a CNG truck could, if he drives long

enough distances, see a payback in just one and a half to three years at a CNG price of $2 to 2.50 a gallon. “That is huge,” he said. Boesel said that Hino Trucks’ introduction of its 195h diesel-electric hybrid is another example of benefits flowing to the bottom line. “Operators are seeing a two-year or less payback with the incentives available,” he said, adding that he expects it to achieve a similar payback in the future even without incentives. Even electric trucks have workable economics: analysis by Calstart shows there is a sweet spot for electric vehicles, with a 5-year payback when driven 65 miles a day.

Green Truck Summit keynote speaker and Altec chairman and CEO Lee Styslinger (left) with Pat Davis, manager of Vehicle Technologies in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office.

Growing Green, State by State “We’re not looking to Washington” to underwrite growth of alternativefueled commercial vehicles says said John Boesel, president and CEO of Calstart, the non-profit consortium dedicated to promoting high-tech, clean transportation, and co-host with NTEA of the Green Truck Summit. Instead, the group is focusing on the states. There are different solutions for different regions, and Calstart

is helping states plan incentive programs to spur growth in their own regions. “We are making major efforts with the states,” Boesel said. In California, which has an existing $20 million clean truck and bus incentive fund, Calstart is encouraging extending the program until 2023. New York is close to launching a $20 million program, Illinois (especially Chicago) is looking at

California HVIP: More than 1,250 Trucks Vouchers worth more than $37.7 million toward the purchase of 1,259 hybrid and electric and full battery electric trucks have been issued under HVIP, the Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program run by Calstart on behalf of the California Air Resources Board. Totals through January include 903 hybrid electric and 356 battery electric trucks, according to figures furnished by CARB’s Joe Calavita.


According to Calstart (Booth 5459), the pace is picking up. “Since early December 2012, more than $750,000 in voucher applications have been received, marking a higher level of activity than we’ve seen during the previous two years,” says Kevin Beaty, Calstart VP and director of the organization’s HTUF (High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum) program. “With new vehicles and products becoming available, as well as next generation product improvements coming online from existing suppliers, we expect this renewed market momentum to continue,” Beaty told ShowTimes affiliate Fleets & Fuels. Beverage delivery and parcel delivery trucks

incentives for electric commercial vehicles, and Mississippi is looking at a tax credit for gaseous-fuel vehicles of 50% of the purchase price. Calstart is pressing for incentives to be awarded as vouchers at the time of purchase instead of tax credits, simplifying the economic process and effectively reducing the purchase price of a vehicle when an operator buys it (see HVIP story below). The Calstart Clean Fuel Pavilion centers on Booth 5459.

accounted for 32% and 31% percent of the vouchers issued, and 67% of the money. Food distribution was third, with 142 trucks, and uniform and linen delivery vehicles accounted for 118 units (figures include vouchers in progress). Freightliner (4659) and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp (4559) supplied 364 of the HVIPbacked hybrid trucks to date, with Kenworth (1401) supplying 201. Hino Trucks, which became eligible for HVIP funding with its 195h COE (cab over engine) hybrid late last year, placed 63 trucks with HVIP support through January. Hino is at Booth 4139. HVIP has backed the purchases of 169 battery electric trucks by Smith Electric Vehicles (5479) and exactly 100 by Stockton, Calif.-based Electric Vehicles International. By region, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which includes Los Angeles, has been by far the biggest program participant.

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CNG Kenworths for Indy’s Monarch Beverage Local distributor Monarch Beverage is paring its fuel costs with compressed natural gas – and enjoying payback after just two years, says truck supplier Kenworth. Monarch has Kenworth T440s for beverage delivery and is looking forward to over-the-road trucks with the new ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport. “Two years ago we purchased two Kenworth T440s with the Cummins Westport ISL G engine, and a pre-production Kenworth T660 with the new 12-liter Cummins ISX12 G engine,” says Monarch’s Fred Dufour. “No grant money was used, we paid the straight premium. We ran the trucks hard, on long-haul and regional routes, amassing more than 100,000 miles on each. Our fuel economy was 5.7 mpg (diesel gallon equivalent) compared to 6.2 with our diesel fleet. Since the CNG cost was just 30% that of diesel, the money we saved on fuel was substantial. We figured the payback for the up-cost on CNG equipment to be 2.3 years.” “We have been running 27 of the T440s since June of 2012,” Dufour says. “And, other than having spark ignition and spark plugs to deal with, and a different kind of engine oil, there really is no difference in maintenance practices. From a fuel tank standpoint, they just need to be monitored and maintained, but our technicians have been trained and certified for that duty.” There are maintenance advantages, too: “Positive trade-offs,” Dufour says. “With CNG we don’t have to worry about DEF and particulate filters since CNG is so clean burning.”

Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage operates Kenworth T440 trucks with 325-horsepower, 8.9-liter ISL G engines by Cummins Westport for loads under 65,000 pounds GVW.

He says he’s happy with the T440s with 325-horsepower, 8.9-liter ISL G engines for loads under 65,000 pounds GVW. “The new 400-horsepower, 12-liter ISX12 G engines on order for new Kenworth T800s will power our over-the-road fleet where we load out at 79,000 GVW.” “We have placed additional orders for Kenworth T440s,” he adds, “and by 2015, 90 of our 105 trucks will be CNG-powered.” Savings are expected to amount to $2 million or even $3 million per year. Kenworth is at Booth 1401.

Motiv Names Chicago Partners All-Electric Crane Refuse Truck Supported by Local Firms

the order of $1.3 million, with prices dropping to about $500,000 per truck by the time of the 11th (Fleets & Fuels, November 20). Chicago contractor RNOW (of West Allis, Wisc.) will supply a 20-cubic-yard Loadmaster Excel-S series body for the Crane Carrier chassis. The Loadmaster body will have a new PTO-mounted The Motiv ePCS will be installed on a conventional pump to minimize power draw and Crane Carrier chassis with a modified Loadmaster body. hence extend battery life – “an ondemand-style hydraulic system,” says City of Chicago contractors Cumberland Service and RNOW are among the project partners RNOW president Steve Krall. for an all-electric garbage truck – and perhaps The Crane chassis will be supplied by the as many as 20 all-electric garbage trucks – with Cumberland Service Center of Arlington Crane Carrier chassis for the City of Chicago, Heights, Ill., another City of Chicago contractor. project leader Motiv Power Systems said MonMotiv’s ePCS is designed to allow easy subday. Many of the project participants are here stitution of components, such as batteries and in Indianapolis this week. battery management system, as technologies San Francisco-based Motiv is to deliver as improve. “The scalability and flexibility” of the many as 20 full-size Class 8 pure battery trucks ePCS drive is key, the firm said Monday. The to Chicago, according to a sliding scale with the contract with Chicago is worth as much as $13.4 later vehicles costing far less than the first one. million for as many as 20 battery trucks. The first battery truck is to cost something on The Motiv ePCS employs “off-the-shelf 8

batteries and motors, which can be mixed and matched to fit the exact size and duty cycle of the electric truck needed.” The initial truck for Chicago will have high-heat (and thus weather-impervious) sodium nickel batteries from Fiamm SoNick – often still referred to as Zebra batteries. Motiv says that its ePCS can handle EV trucks from medium duty to heavy duty, weighing 15,000 to 52,000 pounds. “Research suggests the ePCS design approach cuts operating costs by 50% over an eight-year period,” Motiv says. The firm’s medium-duty pilot shuttle bus – which was at the 2012 Work Truck Show ride-and-drive – reduced operating cost from 80 cents per mile to 10 cents per mile. “Motiv’s approach to the refuse market is the same as in other medium- and heavy-duty vehicle markets where we have worked before; find the best, most knowledgeable partners and build a team and product based on our combined expertise at a lower cost,” Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz said in the Monday release naming Cumberland and RNOW. “These partners enable us to deliver a vehicle to Chicago that is not a science project, but consists of industry-standard components with strong, experienced suppliers standing behind every aspect of the vehicle.”

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Amp Trucks Is Buying Workhorse Assets Amp Trucks to Be First with Full Factory Alt Fuel Range Amp Holding, parent of Amp Electric Vehicles in Ohio, has purchased Navistar’s Workhorse assets through a new Amp Trucks subsidiary – and says it will be the first to offer a full line of factory alternative fuel vehicles. “If it’s alternatively powered we’ll make it,” says Amp founder and CEO Steve Burns. “If someone’s thinking of non-traditional power,” Burns told Fleets & Fuels Monday, “we want it to be Workhorse, from a factory point of view.” The definitive agreement, for a price Burns says will be disclosed later in the week, covers the Workhorse brand, logo, intellectual property, patents, assembly plant assembly plant in Union City, Ind. – and a network of some 440 Workhorse dealers. The deal is expected to close by March 13. Amp Trucks will maintain the Workhorse name. “We want to be known as a horse of a different color – green,” Burns says. The Union City plant closed down in October, and will re-open according to demand. “The orders will drive everything,” Burns says. Amp will initially concentrate on battery electric

premier OEM capable of building alternative fuel vehicles for the commercial market.” Burns notes that the chief Workhorse competitor in the walk-in van market, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp, offers electric vehicles with drivelines installed by Electric Vehicles International in Stockton. Amp will do its own factory installations. Amp will recommence Workhorse production at Union City as demand Dealer training will be relawarrants – with a decided emphasis on battery electrics. ‘The delivery tively easy, Burns says, as Amp truck itself can be re-invented right here,’ says Amp CEO Steve Burns. has designed its driveline for vehicles, but will also offer gasoline trucks, and repowers, which means it is effectively in kit will pick up propane and compressed natural gas form already. when customers ask for it. Amp is using motors from Remy (Booth 5453) “The main thrust is electric,” Burns says. and large format prismatic lithium iron phos“With this acquisition,” the company said phate battery cells primarily from China AviaMonday, “Amp will be positioned to be the first tion. Amp builds its own battery packs using a truck OEM in the United States to offer a range commercially available BMS (battery manageof alternative fuel vehicles produced in an auto- ment system). “We can pay back in four to five years and mated assembly plant. then it’s gravy for another 16,” Burns says – or “By offering an all-electric Workhorse chasgravy in as little as two years with incentives. sis along with gasoline-powered, and alternaNavistar International is at Booth 3859. tive-fuel powered models, Amp will become a


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Quantum for PSI Engine And CNG Fuel Systems California’s Quantum Technologies, a provider of natural gas fuel systems including compressed natural gas fuel tanks, is promoting the outside hardware for a new 8.8-liter natural gas engine by Power Solutions International, as well as a line of complete bolt-on CNG fuel tank assemblies, both for medium duty trucks. “Quantum’s new medium-duty CNG fuel systems are designed to provide a bolt-on solution to quickly outfit a truck to operate on CNG,” said Quantum president and CEO Brian Olson. “They are specifically designed for ease of installation, safety, durability and to provide maximum value and operational ease.” The production-ready CNG fuel assemblies employ Quantum’s Q-Lite brand all-composite lightweight Type IV CNG tanks. They are available in a variety of configurations, ranging

from 24 gasoline gallon equivalent to 64 GGE capacities. Quantum’s plan is to supply the bolt-on CNG fuel tank assemblies for trucks, including trucks powered by PSI’s new 8.8-liter engine. A naturally aspirated version will be rated at 250 horsepower and the turbocharged version at 350 horsepower, Quantum says. They are “specifically matched to the performance required for Class 4-6 trucks where there are very limited options available today.” “Medium-duty truck manufacturers haven’t had an option for CNG engines in the larger Class 4-6 truck applications,” said PSI CEO Gary Winemaster. “Truck OEMs have asked for an engine with the performance of our 8.8-liter CNG engine and we’ll be delivering later this year.” Quantum notes that PSI offers

engines with displacements ranging from .97 to 22 liters – and has supplied more than 2 million of them. Quantum itself has supplied more than 20,000 alternative fuel systems to OEMs including General Motors. Quantum says it “intends to supply select components to PSI to support volume production of the 8.8-liter engine.” The Quantum CNG fuel tank assemblies come complete with integral fuel receptacle, pressure gauge, safety systems including

Parker Launches Its IVT Hybrid Parker Hannifin’s hybrid drive systems division has formally launched its fuel- and brake-saving series hydraulic hybrid drive for Class 4-6 medium duty trucks. The new handle, Parker IVT, is short for infinitely variable transmission with brake energy recovery technology. “Medium duty trucks equipped with the Parker IVT use energy stored in a hydraulic high-pressure accumulator to seamlessly propel the vehicle,” Parker says. “Stop-and-go operation of the vehicle recharges the hydraulic system and allows the truck to achieve a significant fuel economy improvement over traditional diesel-powered vehicles that use automatic transmissions, while also reducing emissions.” “We are happy to broaden our hydraulic hybrid drive technology to include the Class 4-6 medium duty truck market,” said Parker hybrid drives GM Shane Terblanche. “From the results we are seeing with our early adopters of the technology, up to 50% fuel economy improvement over a 7-month period, we fully anticipate that the Parker IVT will provide outstanding bottom line results for trucks in the snack food, beverage 10

and parcel delivery markets as well as vehicles serving the work truck segment in general.” The Parker IVT has been tested for package delivery with U.S. DoE funding under Calstart auspices by FedEx, UPS and Canada’s Purolator

Parker IVT is aimed at delivery trucks.

Courier. The Parker IVT is a smaller version of Parker’s RunWise hydraulic hybrid drive that has found success on Class 8 refuse trucks, notably the Xpeditor E3 by Autocar. Over and above its highly efficient dual-mode operating system of using both the engine and hydraulic energy in series to propel the vehicle, Parker claims three IVT advantages:

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shut-off valves, pressure relief devices and pressure sensors, and fuel metering subsystems including pressure regulator and thermal management. “Available fuel system configurations include single, dual and triple module systems to accommodate a variety of popular medium duty truck platforms,” the company says. Quantum is at Booth 5578.

• Brake energy recovery – the hydraulic system captures and returns approximately 71% of the vehicle’s kinetic energy for use in propulsion. • Optimized engine control – decouples the engine from the drive wheels allowing it to operate at higher efficiencies for a given power level. • Engine-off – the system uses stored hydraulic power to operate the vehicle at low speeds while keeping the engine off. The vehicle also shuts down the engine during deceleration to reduce the amount of time the engine idles. The Parker IVT also starts the engine, reducing wear on the 12-volt starter. The system powers the truck’s steering components as well, Parker says, while a mechanical connection from the engine to the rear axle allows for an efficient power transfer during highwayspeed operation. “In terms of fuel economy, range and performance, the Parker IVT is ideal for challenging pickup and delivery routes like those served by work trucks in the delivery service, beverage and snack food industries,” Parker says. “The efficient dual-mode operating system helps reduce operating costs and inherently protects the environment through reduced emissions.”

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Massachusetts-based XL Hybrids, which has developed kits to convert Class 1 to 3 commercial vans to hybrid electric operations for about $8,000, last week disclosed an installation Questar Rebuild3 Final.pdf 1 7/30/12 7:00 PM partnership and distribution agreement with Leggett & Platt. XL Hybrids uses motors from Parker Hannifin and lithium ion batteries from Johnson Controls to convert conventional vans into hybrid electrics for about $8,000.

Leggett & Platt is incorporating XL’s hybrid powertrain directly into its existing ship-through process, “providing a one-stop shopping experience for commercial fleets,” XL says. XL uses Parker Hannifin motors and spiralwound lithium nickel cobalt aluminum cell batteries from Johnson Controls to improve vehicle efficiency. “By storing energy wasted in braking and reapplying it during acceleration, XL Hybrids technology decreases fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 21.2% on urban routes, while operating with the same durability and reliability as traditional vans and trucks,” the company says. “XL Hybrids’ product makes economic sense for our fleet customers, offering a quick payback, along with all the benefits of ship through. The ease of installation is amazing and allows us to drop it right into our existing production process,” said Leggett & Platt install operations VP John Forest. “XL Hybrids has a real winner here,” Forest said. “This partnership provides a great way for our fleets to reduce fuel costs, resulting in total life-cycle cost reduction.” “The combination of our product and our relationship with Leggett & Platt will offer tremendous value for fleet customers who want a seamless order and low-cost delivery option for hybrid vans across the country,” said Clay Siegert, XL co-founder and supply chain VP. He’s here at WTS2013, answering questions about the GM cargo van with an XL hybrid driveline upfit on display at Leggett & Platt’s Booth 1421. XL has previously named New England’s Henley Transmission Services, with nine locations the largest franchise holder of AAMCO automotive service centers, as an installation partner. Twitter @ShowTimesAFV • • Convention & Trade Show News • March 6, 2013



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Inventev for a New Breed Hybrid Low-Cost System to Install on OEM-Branded New Trucks Michigan start-up Inventev is aiming for the aftermarket with a low-cost hybrid system that will allow work trucks to travel as far as 50 miles on batteries alone, and provide power takeoff electricity for tools and lifts and even small neighborhoods at the jobsite.

“We’re in a pre-hardware phase,” Stenson told ShowTmes affiliate Fleets & Fuels. Depending on his success with financing, a prototype truck could be available for show early in 2014. He’ll be making the rounds of the NTEA Calstart Green Truck Summit and the Work Truck Show to spread the word about Inventev. “Between the Work Truck Show and the Green Truck Summit it is a particularly important industry event,” Stenson says, “in the top three

“We do not intend to re-brand the OEM’s needs,” states the GTA report. truck,” says Inventev founder and CEO Dave “Much of the existing vehicle Stenson. “We intend to supplement it.” A key architecture is maintained since design strategy, he says, is to “dual-purpose the the integrated propulsion unit is electric machines in the driveline” to provide packaged in the space about equal both motive power and PTO. to the existing transmission.” Inventev-modified trucks will Inventev is developing an “integrated next gen hybrid architecture replacing the existing also feature a max power mode to transmission with a single propulsion unit while allow gasoline engine power “to retaining the OEM engine as installed,” states an be augmented with the electric motor torque to excellent write-up last month by provide a power the Green Truck Association (an boost replicatarm of the National Truck Equiping diesel output ment Association, organizer of Inventev hopes to show its developmental driveline in a during peak load this NTEA Work Truck Show). prototype truck early next year. “Inventev’s ‘next gen’ inteconditions. grated propulsion unit contains “This feature is useful to cus- of shows for companies in green technology and the necessary motors, clutches tomers who only need the high upfitting of trucks.” torque characteristics of a diesel NTEA is at Booth 3401. and gear ratios to operate the vehicle in multiple optimized selectively, but could otherwise Inventev is collaborating with California’s modes (from full electric to a lower their base vehicle price Pacific Gas & Electric utility, Altec Industries hybrid mix with the engine) for by opting for the base [gasoline] (Booth 5661), San Francisco-based Mission engine,” says GTA. range extension or peak power Inventev’s Dave Stenson Motors, and NextEnergy.

Venchurs Adds Bodywork for Fords, Will Do Work Trucks with Knapheide Ford compressed natural gas upfitter Venchurs Vehicle Systems is adding to its capabilities to customize Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks through a partnership with steel-body manufacturer Knapheide. And Venchurs will provide customized storage solutions for the 2014 Transit Connect and Transit through Knapheide’s relationship with van upfitter Sortimo. Ford F-150 conversions may have a place in future plans, too, as Venchurs says it will utilize Knapheide’s ship-thru facility in Kansas City, where the Ford Transit and F-150 will be produced. Venchurs already has a ship-thru facility in Louisville, Ky., as well as a remote ship-thru facility in Southeast Michigan. “We want to meet all the needs of our fleet customer, and that means offering more than just the CNG conversion,” says Venchurs 12

Venchurs, well known for ‘ruggedizing’ Ford pick-up trucks for off-road use, is taking its QVM upfits to the work truck industry, disclosing a pact with Knapheide here this week.

CEO Jeff Wyatt. “Thus far we have been able to offer such as suspensions, bumpers, wheels and tires, but this partnership with Knapheide allows us to round out our portfolio, offering service bodies and customized storage solutions.” Venchurs, a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier based in Adrian, Mich., is at Booth 645. Knapheide is at Booth 3739.

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Roush for Ford Stripped Chassis Propane for Three Sizes with Indiana’s GAS as Key Installer Roush CleanTech is now offering its propane autogas fuel system on Ford F-59, F-53 and E-450 stripped chassis. “With excellent vehicle range and affordable price points, these platforms are a home run for hub and spoke model fleets,” says sales and marketing Todd Mouw. Roush is taking orders now for production and delivery commencing in May. Indiana’s Green Alternative Systems (Booth 4593), a Ford QVM – for Qualified Vehicle Modifier – is the lead installer. “We’ve experienced high demand for alternative fuel options,” says GAS general manager Sean Connolly. The Ford F-59 commercial step van chassis and the Ford E-450 stripped chassis adapt to numerous fleet delivery applications, Roush says, including bakery, textile, multi-stop package delivery service, linen and medical services. The F-53 offers a flexible commercial platform for trolleys and lunch trucks. All three strip chassis models “fulfill certification requirements in all 50 states by the California Air Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency and achieve the same torque, towing and horsepower as conventionally fueled models,” Roush says. The Roush-modified Ford F-53 and F-59 feature Ford’s 6.8liter, V10 engine and come with a 67-gallon propane fuel tank. The Ford E-450 stripped chassis comes with a 41-gallon propane tank. “The size and cargo capabilities of all three

Roush is offering its propane autogas system on model year 2013 or newer Ford chassis with 6.8-liter, V10 engines. A 2011 Ford F-59 strip chassis shown here.

platforms are customizable for specific business vehicle applications,” Roush says. An early adopter of the F-59 stripped chassis includes the City of Laguna Beach, Calif., for propane-powered city trolleys. The stripped chassis in propane “can help companies save $35,000 or more in fuel and operating expenses over the vehicle’s lifetime,” says Mouw. “And whether fleets use public fueling stations or install onsite private refueling, they’ll find refueling is inexpensive and easy.” Trucks based on the strip chassis and equipped with dedicated propane autogas fuel systems offer 40 to 50% lower operating costs, Roush says. Propane autogas has historically priced 30 to 40% less than gasoline and 50% less than diesel, and is “readily available through the largest nationwide network of refueling infrastructure of any alternative fuel option.” A newly reinstated federal tax credit provides an additional 50¢-pergallon savings on fuel.

Roush for Dish Network Roush CleanTech will detail an order for 200 Ford F-250 vans converted to dedicated propane operation for Dish Network technicians at Booth 5099 at 4pm today. Dish fleet manager Abe Stephenson is to be on hand, as well as Roush sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw and Tucker Perkins, chief business development officer with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC, Booth 5691). Dish serves more than 14 million satellite TV customers.

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The 2013 Green Truck Ride-and-Drive Vehicles Hino Trucks is the sponsor of this year’s NTEA Work Truck Show Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, being held and Thursday from noon until 4:30pm. Hino (Booth 4139) Hino is featuring its Class 5 COE 195 cab-over-engine truck, available as a straight diesel or as the 195h with diesel hybrid electric drive. The 19,500-lb GVW COE trucks feature 210 HP and 440 lb. ft. of torque from Hino’s 5-liter J05E Series engine, utilizing Aisin’s A465 six-speed automatic transmission. Hino just last month took home the American Truck Dealers Association’s 2013 Medium Duty Commercial Truck of the Year award. The COE 195h hybrid was unveiled here at the Work Truck Show in 2011.

Allison Transmission, Inc. (Booth 4777) A Freightliner M2 chassis with a shuttle bus body and a powertrain that utilizes a Cummins ISC engine coupled to Allison’s new H 3000 parallel electric hybrid transmission system, which utilizes an engine disconnect clutch between the engine and the transmission.

Chelsea Products Div. of Parker (Booth 3013) A Ford F-550 chassis-cab upfitted with a stake body and equipped with Chelsea’s proprietary noise reduction PTO system.

Chevrolet & GMC Commercial Truck (Booth 1835) A 2012 Bi-Fuel CNG Silverado 2500HD Extended Cab with a 6.0L gaseous prep engine, available in 2WD and 4WD. The combined 17 GGE tank and 36 gallon gasoline tank provides a range of more than 650 city miles.

Crosspoint Kinetics (Booth 5667) A Chevrolet 4500 cutaway chassis upfitted with a 12-passenger shuttle bus body and equipped with a Crosspoint Kinetics S-3000 parallel electric hybrid drive system.

Echo Automotive (Booth 633) A Ford E-250 van converted to a plug-in electric hybrid configuration using EchoDrive, “a revolutionary solution for converting fleet vehicles into highly fuel efficient plug-in hybrids.”

Freightliner Trucks (Booth 4659) A Freightliner 114SD NG chassis upfitted with a vocational dump body and combining the performance features of the diesel powered 114SD with the benefits of a Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9L natural gas engine.


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An International TranStar ISL G day cab regional haul tractor (4x2) with low emissions power provided by a Cummins ISL G-CNG fuel engine rated at 320 HP and coupled to an Allison 3000 HS automatic transmission for optimum economy.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (Booth 4747) An Isuzu low cab forward N Series (NPR-HD) chassis rated at 14,500 lbs. This vehicle is upfitted with a 14-ft. service body and equipped with an IMPCO Technologies CNG fuel system, which is available as a factory ship through option.

Kenworth Truck Co. (Booth 1401) A Kenworth T660 aerodynamic day cab tractor equipped with a Cummins Westport ISX 12 G CNG -fueled engine and Agility CNG-fuel tanks.

Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products (Booth 1421) A Chevrolet Express 2500 Hybrid Electric Cargo Van upfitted by Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products, with OEM 4.8L engine and six speed transmission featuring a hybrid electric powertrain by XL Hybrid.

Peterbilt Motors Company (Booth 1825) A Peterbilt 382 day cab tractor that is equipped to operate on natural gas and utilizes a Cummins Westport ISL G engine and an Agility fuel system.

Propane Education & Research Council (Booth 5691) A new Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation S2G, built on FCCC’s popular S2 chassis and featuring a propane-fueled, 8-liter, 325-HP engine supplied by Powertrain Integration.

Propane Education & Research Council (Booth 5691) A Ford F-250 chassis cab upfitted with a Knapheide service body and factory modified to operate on liquid propane (autogas) using a Roush CleanTech fuel system.

Ram Commercial (Booth 1001) A Ram 2500 series pickup truck rated at 8,800 lbs. and equipped with a factory installed CNG/gasoline dual fuel system.

Impco Automotive (Booth 5681)

Reading Truck Body, LLC (Booth 3059)

A 2012 Bi Fuel CNG Silverado 2500HD Extended Cab with a 6.0L gaseous prep engine. The combined 17GGE tank and 36 gallon gasoline tank provides a range of 650 plus city miles.

A Ford F-350 crew cab pickup truck upfitted by Reading Truck Body with a Landi Renzo compressed natural gas fuel system.

Bring It? Hino has Brought It: the COE 195h hybrid electric cab-over-engine work truck.

Roush CleanTech (Booth 5099) A 2012 Ford F-250 pickup truck, powered by liquid propane autogas. The Roush CleanTech fuel system offers fleet managers lower emissions and fuel costs without sacrificing performance or ease of ownership.

Wrightspeed, Inc. (Booth 833) An Isuzu NPR diesel-powered LCF chassis converted to an extended range series electric hybrid using Wrightspeed’s “The Route” plug-in electric hybrid drive system.

Stationary Demonstration Area Vehicles Altec Industries (Booth 5661 & 5765) An Altec aerial device powered by Altec’s Jobsite Energy Management System (JEMS) which significantly reduces, or even eliminates, idle time at the jobsite.

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies (Booth 3676) A Johnson refrigerated truck body equipped with an ElectriMax all electric refrigeration system. ElectriMax delivers exceptional operational cost savings while reducing your carbon footprint.

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies (Booth 3676) A new ultra-high thermal efficient refrigerated truck body that uses up to 26% less energy to maintain desired refrigeration levels.

Odyne (Booth 5566) A Ford F-750 upfitted with a flatbed and crane and equipped with an Odyne Systems plug-in parallel electric hybrid which can be used to propel the vehicle or export power to operate the crane while minimizing engine run time.

Odyne (Booth 5566) A Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation MT-55 step van equipped as an electric utility underground service van. This vehicle is powered by an Odyne Systems plug-in parallel electric hybrid drive which can be used to propel the vehicle or export power.

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