WTW23 attendees experience latest commercial vehicle offerings during Ride & Drive

This article was published in the April 2023 edition of NTEA News.

Attendees had the opportunity to drive or ride in commercial vehicles with the latest advanced fuels and technologies, sustainability offerings and propulsion systems during the WTW23 Ride & Drive, March 8–9. Featured vehicles incorporated advancements that promote reduction of fuel use, greenhouse gases or particulate matter.

Featured companies and vehicles

Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission sponsored the 2023 Work Truck Week Ride & Drive. In addition to an Allison 9-speed fully automatic transmission vehicle, the Allison Experience Show Trailer was open for event attendees to further experience the Power of Allison. Attendees discovered how Allison fully automatic transmissions can make a difference for fleets and how new eGen Power® e-Axles are bringing electrification to the commercial vehicle industry with an immersive interactive experience.

ASA/Voyager Camera Systems
Voyager featured the next generation of commercial vehicle safety with an all-encompassing technological ecosystem that redefines what it means to be safe on the road. Voyager AIO allows various safety solutions to work autonomously using a proprietary CAN Bus communication protocol. It’s built for adaptability, making it the smart choice for an ever-evolving fleet and its drivers. Invest only in the features you need without allocating resources to those you don’t. Voyager AIO is a scalable technology that can be designed specifically to fit the needs of any fleet of any size.

Blue Arc | A Shyft Group Brand
Blue Arc featured its all-electric delivery vehicle, a 100% battery-powered Class 3 electric commercial vehicle for high-frequency, last-mile delivery fleets. A spacious cargo area includes 635–800 cubic feet of storage and offers a choice of vocational packages designed for functionality. The lightweight aluminum and composite body offer higher durability against scratches and dents. With a cargo area ranging from 14–18 feet in length and a payload capacity of up to 5,000 pounds, Shyft customers can maximize productivity and minimize cost of ownership, including fuel and maintenance costs. Class 4 and 5 vehicles are also part of the Blue Arc EV portfolio.

The all-new Zevo 600, featured by BrightDrop, is made with lightweight materials and purpose-built to streamline delivery of goods and services that generate long-term operating efficiencies. And an available GVWR under 10,000 pounds limits the need for additional licensing to operate.

Freightliner Custom Chassis
Freightliner Custom Chassis showcased its all-electric MT50e Class 5–6 walk-in van chassis, which features advanced EV technology to meet last-mile delivery demands by generating incredible power and range — with zero emissions. A low-maintenance design backed by the industry’s best warranty coverage and a national support network make MT50e the answer for a practical, all-electric alternative to gas-powered delivery fleet vehicles. Powered by an exclusive battery system from Proterra, MT50e features a GVWR of up to 23,000 pounds, a range of approximately 170 miles or more on a single charge, and a streamlined, integrated design with no reduction in cargo capacity.

GreenPower Motor Company
GreenPower Motor Company, which specializes in medium- and heavy-duty commercial electric delivery trucks and mobility vehicles, featured its EV Star Cargo is a Class 4 vehicle with a GVWR of 14,330 pounds, 170-inch wheelbase and supreme carrying capacity of 6,000+ pounds, and up to 566 cubic feet. Products achieve a base range of 150 miles with a battery capacity of 118 kWh. The EV Star full-line also offers a box truck, cab chassis and cutaway. The company designs purpose-built electric vehicles for vocational uses, last-mile delivery and transportation of people.

International Truck
Built on the same proven foundation as the diesel International® MV™ Series, the International eMV™ Series has everything needed to get the job done and more, without the emissions. Featured in the WTW23 Ride & Drive, the eMV607 Rugby Contractor dump is a 33,000-pound GVWR vehicle, powered by a 210 kWh main battery system which has a 12-volt battery enabling the hydraulics to lift the dump. It also has the horsepower and torque for diesel-like performance, an interior that offers a quieter, more comfortable ride, a state-of-the-art digital display of information and less maintenance costs compared to an internal combustion engine.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America
New for model year 2024, Isuzu showcased the new Class 5 gas-powered NQR (17,950 pounds GVWR) and NRR (19,500 pounds GVWR). Both will be available in a standard (three-passenger) and crew cab (seven-passenger) configuration. The standard cab features three wheelbases (132.5, 150, and 176 inches) to accommodate body lengths from 14–20 feet. The crew cab is available in two wheelbases (150 and 176 inches) to accommodate body lengths from 12–16 feet. The 6.6-liter V8 produces 350 horsepower and 425 pound-foot of torque. An automatic 6-speed Allison 1000-series transmission transfers that power to the pavement — quickly and efficiently.

Kenworth Truck Company
Kenworth invited WTW23 attendees to drive the T280, a Class 6 truck from its all-new medium-duty lineup — designed to have best-in-class quality, ergonomics, ingress/egress, maneuverability, visibility, bumper to back of cab and operational flexibility. The T280 offers a fresh look and feel that includes updated styling, new interior, 7-inch HD digital display, smart wheel, ADAS technology, automatic climate control and many other features and amenities.

Lightning eMotors
The Lightning ZEV3 Transit cargo van featured at WTW23 is equipped with an electric drivetrain that delivers the best efficiency for its weight class, while providing a quiet, smooth and familiar driving experience. Operated by major parcel carriers, hospital systems and others across North America, the cargo van is reliable and efficient. Available in battery-electric versions offering 140-mile and 200-mile ranges, it provides practical, reliable service while producing zero emissions on the road. Level 2 AC charging and DC Fast Charge are supported.

Lion Electric
Lion Electric featured the Lion6, an all-electric Class 6 urban truck, built in North America from the ground up with a custom-built chassis and cabin designed specifically for an all-electric heavy-duty vehicle. The Lion6 has optimized driving characteristics and component layout with no compromises from retrofitting, with just over 200 miles of range on a single charge and proprietary battery management for optimal performance in all weather conditions. Lion Electric is a North American leader in the zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle industry, having delivered over 800 all-electric heavy-duty vehicles with over 10 million miles driven since 2016. The company works directly with fleet operators every step of the way in their journey to electrification, including charging infrastructure design and installation, energy management, service and training and grant opportunities

Peterbilt Motors Company
Peterbilt Motors Company featured its Model 220EV Zero Emissions Vehicle, which provides a clean, efficient operation and lower overall maintenance. Designed for driver comfort and productivity, the Model 220EV features enhanced visibility, superior maneuverability, a spacious interior and ease of serviceability for maximum uptime. It’s ideal for short-route pickup and delivery applications.

SEA Electric
SEA Electric featured a Class 5 model powered by the proven SEA-Drive® 120a power-system, which is specified for truck platforms with a GVWR of 16,001–19,500 pounds. Featuring a 1,106 pound-foot electric motor partnered with a 138-kWh battery pack, this Class 5 truck provides market-leading all-electric performance. The SEA-Drive® power-system offers world-class total cost of ownership possibilities, with a typical break-even period of less than four years, without grants or subsidies.

VIA Motors
VIA Motors, which offers full-scale OEM producing cost-effective and sustainable electric work trucks to transform fleets to electric drive, featured its VTRUX at the WTW23 Ride & Drive. Available in Classes 2–5, VIA’s all-electric VTRUX work trucks can be tailored to meet fleet needs and fitted with the desired body style.

The Workhorse W750, was featured at WTW23, and offers is a perfect balance of payload and volume as well as accessibility and utility. The blend of cab-style truck and step-through van makes this the best tool for the widest variety of applications. Access to the 750 cubic-foot cargo space from the front step-through or the large roll-up rear door are useful for parcel delivery applications and trades and materials distribution. And 5,000 pounds of payload allows you to carry 500 10-pound packages or over 90 sheets of drywall. The 118-kW battery pack provides 150 miles of range. Capable of Level 3 charging for fast opportunity charges, it can also charge overnight with a Level 2 charger. 

ZEVX, which strives to be a leader in electrification for light- and medium-duty fleet vehicles (primarily Classes 2–4), featured its proprietary powertrain (batteries and drive motor). The configuration and rapid conversion turnaround of existing fleet vehicles will accelerate EV adoption globally and provide customers the support infrastructure, fleet services and knowledge needed to transform fleet operations to meet sustainability goals.

Additional Ride & Drive participants

  • Motiv Power Systems
  • Powered by Karma

Full recap and photos at worktruckweek.com/wtw23rideanddrive