article was published in the April 2023 edition of NTEA News.
30 companies launched new products and shared news during press conferences at
Work Truck Week 2023. Following are some of the commercial vehicles, bodies, equipment,
accessories and programs announced at the event. To learn more, visit
Motors introduces commercial all-electric truck
Motors (Oak Park, Michigan) featured its B4, a Class 4 truck beginning its
design verification build, in preparation for full production launch in 2024.
B4 features an estimated range of 185 miles, can be charged in as quickly as
1.2 hours and is rated at 323 horsepower with 675-foot pounds of torque. It has
a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 15,000 pounds and a maximum payload of
over 7,000 pounds.
B4 will be followed by the B5, a Class 5 chassis cab truck with a 19,500-pound
GVWR and a payload capacity of well over 11,000 pounds.
low cab forward trucks are designed for safety and hard work – without
compromise – and are highly adaptive, meaning they can be upfitted to meet a
wide variety of customer requirements.
Power Solutions launches FleetPilot Connect™
Power Solutions (CPS) (Minneapolis, Minnesota) launched its latest innovation
in snow and ice removal operations – FleetPilot Connect. The new purpose-driven
telematics solution leverages Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to provide
real-time and post-storm data across key areas of fleet operations. This gives
fleet managers essential information to optimize route planning for drivers
during snow emergencies, address winter road maintenance needs, enhance public
safety, and effectively streamline operations before, during and after snow
addition of FleetPilot Connect strengthens the CPS portfolio of winter road
maintenance solutions that help single truck municipalities through large fleet
state level Departments of Transportation (DOTs) preserve safe road conditions,
stay ahead of increasing environmental mandates and maintain optimal fleet
performance across all seasons.
that a “one-size-fits-all” solution is not practical, CPS and its team of
expert engineers provide a consultative approach by working closely with public
and private customers to develop customized solutions – complete with
integrated spreader control systems – to meet the unique needs of their
operations. By providing backward compatibility to existing Certified Power and
Cirus Controls technologies, equipment managers can upgrade and add new modules
over time without completely replacing their current systems — providing value
even with tightening budgets.
new CPS telematics offering gives customers complete control over their data
with the ability to integrate with state-specific software and other existing
investments, giving them access to real-time vehicle data.
to learn more.
Pro announces Elite Commercial Service program and E-Transit one-year
Pro (Dearborn, Michigan) expanded its one-stop-shop, announcing the latest news
on next-gen EV products and services.
Ford Pro customer needs a trusted source for acquisition, upfit and service. In
the U.S., Ford has over 650 specialized Commercial Vehicle (CV) Center dealers,
all EV-certified, providing this coverage backed by local expertise.
Ford Pro Elite Commercial Service program is an extension of that promise by
expanding Ford’s strong network of CV centers by adding 120 dedicated,
large-bay service hubs across the United States with extended hours and rapid
turnaround — to improve productivity, lower cost of ownership and increase
uptime. These new Ford Pro Elite Commercial Service centers are aimed squarely
at helping commercial customers work better, with productive, durable, and
smart vehicles and connected services.
Pro also shared that a year after making its North American debut, the Ford
E-Transit™ van established itself as the leader of the pack in the all-electric
commercial cargo van market. E-Transit is the best-selling electric cargo van
in the United States and Canada, as well as the sales leader in Europe. As
demand for the vehicle rises, Ford will be boosting E-Transit production at its
Kansas City Assembly Plant.
the U.S. and Canada, customers have logged more than 12 million miles since the
all-electric van arrived in February 2022. In that time, Ford Pro E-Telematics
data shows E-Transit drivers have saved more than 745,000 gallons of gas and
more than 4.3 million kilograms of CO2 as compared to comparably sized
gas-powered Transit® vans.
more information, visit fordpro.com.
Godwin Group features Allied Mobile Systems truck monitoring system
Godwin Group (Dunn, North Carolina) unveiled a total truck monitoring system —
Allied Mobile Systems — designed specifically for dump trucks that actively
makes even the most inexperienced operators safer, more productive and more
new complete truck monitoring control system for dump trucks actively monitors
hydraulic and dump body operations as well as chassis operational data. This is
a “whole truck” monitoring approach which allows for active intervention of
unsafe equipment operation.
details, visit godwinmfg.com
Trucks expands product portfolio to include electric vehicles
Trucks (Novi, Michigan) announced an expansion of its product range to include
electric vehicles. The company will offer an electric version of its M- and
L-Series medium-duty trucks branded Me Series and Le Series available in 2024.
Hino Trucks will begin production of these new vehicles integrating SEA
Electric’s SEA-Drive® power system.
Hino Class 5 M5e cab over and Class 6 L6e conventional models come equipped
with battery capacities of 138kwH and 220kwH, respectively.
national dealer network is well prepared for the coming changes. Each dealer is
already high-voltage trained from Hino’s previous hybrid product and can
service electric vehicles safely and efficiently. To further compliment the EV
transition, the OEM is building infrastructure to support these trucks with
Hino INCLUSEV, a premier portfolio of end-to-end electric vehicle enablement
exclusively available through Hino’s nationwide dealer network. This is a
customer-centric, dealer-unified end-to-end EV enablement solution that
includes consulting, sales, infrastructure, single-source financing, support
more at hino.com.
introduces its first electric truck, the N-Series EV
Commercial Truck of America Inc., (Anaheim, California) announced its first
all-electric production model, the N-Series EV. The 2025-model-year Class 5
truck — featuring a full 19,500-pound GVWR, a battery electric platform
developed by Isuzu Motors Limited and an all-new cab design — will be available
in the first half of 2024.
- Wheelbases ranging from 132.5–176
inches to accommodate a variety of body lengths
- Standard cab design
- Four choices of battery capacity, the
largest of which has a range up to 235 miles
- DC fast charging and AC (Level 2)
- An optional Advanced Driver Assistance
System package designed to improve driver, passenger and pedestrian safety and
to help reduce the number and severity of collisions
- A new cab, inside and out, engineered
from the ground up to increase driver safety and comfort
truck is scheduled to be assembled in the United States for sale in the U.S.
and Canadian markets.
details, visit isuzucv.com.
Poindexter & Co. announced innovations in work trucks
Poindexter & Co.’s (JBPCO) (Houston, Texas) market-leading businesses,
including Morgan Truck Body, Morgan Olson, Reading Truck, EAVX, Masterack and
Leer, announced several new innovations in work trucks.
Truck Body, a North American manufacturer of light- and medium-duty freight and
refrigerated van and truck bodies:
- Project NEO, a proof-of-concept dry
- Class 4 Parcel Van Full-Height
- Self-contained Roadside Assistance
Olson, a North American producer of walk-in step vans:
- Proxima Class 5 last-mile delivery
- Proxima Class 2B last-mile delivery
Truck’s award-winning utility and service truck bodies:
- New Contractor Body – the newest
addition to Reading’s lineup
- Introduction of Project ZEVx, a
concept vehicle between EAVX and ZEVx
a leader in the design and manufacture of high-quality products for
commercial-grade van and pickup cargo management solutions:
- EV-ready upfit solutions for lighter,
durable storage that maximize payload
- New line of folding shelves displayed
in a Morgan PVW truck body and a Ford Transit van
a leading North American manufacturer of truck caps:
- 100SCC Commercial Fiberglass cap with
fully flush side doors, solar power, camera integration and proximity-based
more information, visit jbpoindexter.com.
Knapheide Manufacturing Company recognizes 175 years in business
175 years in business, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company (Quincy, Illinois)
displayed a lineup of heritage vehicles that help portray the story of its
history. Knapheide continues to provide customers with high-quality, work-ready
transportation solutions and ranks as a leading manufacturer of truck bodies
and provider of commercial vehicle upfitting.
industry-leading truck bodies and truck beds are backed by the largest and most
dependable distribution network in the industry. Their comprehensive and
innovative selection is well-suited for commercial agricultural, construction,
electrical, HVAC and plumbing vehicles, among other vocations.
Electric introduced Ranger Air 260 MPX multi-function engine drive
Electric (Cleveland, Ohio) introduced the all-new Ranger® Air 260MPX™
multi-function engine drive. Available later this year, this high-performance,
versatile machine is designed to prepare operators for whatever unpredictable
circumstances and job demands come their way.
Ranger Air 260MPX is many things: an air compressor, generator, battery
charger, battery jump assist and multi-process welder all in one. This
versatile, compact machine eliminates the need to carry numerous pieces of
power equipment on a service truck. The result is a lighter payload and more
space on the vehicle for other tools and gear.
to other machines in its class, the Ranger Air 260MPX engine drive delivers
industry-leading performance across the board, in air compressor capabilities,
clean auxiliary power and welding arc performance.
- The Vanair® compressor delivers 40 cfm
at 150 psi. With up to 30% more air than other machines in its class, operators
are able to inflate tires faster and power anything up to a 1-inch impact wrench.
The compressor is backed by Vanair’s lifetime warranty and a half-century of
engineering expertise in mobile compressors.
- The 26.5-hp Kohler® Electronic
Throttle Body Engine delivers 10 kW of continuous AC generator power to
accommodate a variety of tools and equipment. And with less than 5% total
harmonic distortion, it can even power sensitive electronics, like laptops.
- Lincoln Electric’s field-proven
welding arc control technology is built directly into the Ranger Air 260MPX to
help deliver a stable reliable arc. These include Ready.Set.Weld® technology
and ArcFX® technology.
more information, visit lincolnelectric.com.
Trucks introduces Mack® MD Electric
Trucks (Greensboro, North Carolina) revealed its Mack MD Electric, the
company’s first electric vehicle (EV) in the medium-duty segment. MD Electric
will complement its highly efficient, diesel-powered MD model sibling, which
has experienced growing customer demand since its introduction in 2020. The
addition of a zero-tailpipe emissions battery-electric vehicle (BEV) to the
Mack medium-duty lineup also supports the company’s long-term sustainability
MD Electric is the second EV introduced by Mack Trucks to the industry. The
first was the Mack LR Electric, which went into production in December 2021. MD
Electric will be available like its diesel counterpart in Class 6 and Class 7
ratings. The Class 6 model has a GVWR of 25,995 pounds, and the Class 7 model
has a GVWR of 33,000 pounds. Both models are exempt from the 12% Federal Excise
Tax (FET). MD Electric will be produced at Roanoke Valley Operations in Roanoke
Valley, Virginia, where Mack began production of the MD Series in 2020.
Electric’s three-phase Permanent Magnet Synchronous motor and all on-board
accessories are powered by nickel manganese cobalt oxide lithium-ion batteries,
either in a 150kWh or 240kWH configuration. It can be charged through AC or DC
charging units. The regenerative braking system helps recapture energy from the
multiple stops the vehicle makes each day.
Electric will meet the needs of vehicle applications requiring dry
van/refrigerated, stake/flatbed and dump vocations. The MD6 model does not
require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate for non-hazardous
details, visit macktrucks.com.
Olson delivers innovation
Olson (Sturgis, Michigan) delivered a defining moment of innovation to the
postal delivery industry. The new internal combustion engine (ICE) C250
epitomizes how Morgan Olson combines advanced technologies with proven
engineering know-how to create an innovative and productive next-generation
postal truck for Canada Post.
design improvements in driver ergonomics, safety and cargo delivery
efficiencies, along with an all-electric demonstration of the EV platform and
improved fuel-efficient chassis, provides Canada Post with their newest fleet
vehicle. The C250 features a purpose-built cargo management system engineered
by Masterack, a JBPCO subsidiary and partner to Morgan Olson. The result is a
performance-tested vehicle that delivers maximum usable parcel package cargo
space. Additionally, the 4-wheel drive system option provides postal drivers
traction-control improvements during inclement weather and poor road conditions.
ICE C250 is currently rolling off the production lines at a new high-tech
factory utilizing state-of-the-art manufacturing practices at Morgan Olson’s
newest complex in Ringgold, Virginia.
more information, visit morganolson.com.
Chelsea announces new electric power take-off (ePTO)
Chelsea (Olive Branch, Mississippi) announced new electric power take-off
(ePTO) with a compact design that offers simplified installation and optimized
increased focus on emission reductions comes an increased interest in
electrified work functions that rely on batteries and motors for power instead
of diesel engines. Parker Chelsea has responded by engineering two integrated
ePTO series that can be installed on either BEV or hybrid-electric vehicles:
the e910 Series and the e970 Series. Both models are designed to maximize run
time and optimize efficiency.
Chelsea market-facing team performed extensive interviews with chassis OEMs,
body builders and end customers to understand their system requirements,
including power, voltage, load, safety interlocks, space claim and more. Based
on this feedback, the integrated ePTO system was engineered to meet the customer
needs, focused on right-sized power and optimal efficiencies.
internal cooling system is one of the key engineering breakthroughs of Chelsea
ePTOs because it allows lubrication to flow throughout to keep all major
subcomponents from overheating. The ePTOs also utilize gears which allow a
higher two torque capacity while still housed within a more compact frame size
than ever seen before in an ePTO.
Parker’s Hydraulic Pump and Power Systems Division, Chelsea’s ePTOs utilize the
Global Vehicle Motor, a power-dense motor which reduces the battery size
requirements and extends vehicle range. The e910 Series ePTO features a highly
efficient Denison Vane Pump that can be configured for multiple flow rates and
pressures. The ePTOs feature a Global Vehicle Inverter from the Electronic
Motion & Controls Division.
more at parker.com/chelsea.
showcases 1500 Revolution battery-electric vehicle (BEV) concept
Commercial (Auburn Hills, Michigan) showcased its Revolution BEV Concept – a
visionary road map showing how it will redefine the pickup segment once again.
Ram 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept demonstrates Ram’s
commitment to electric vehicle (EV) leadership. Loaded with advanced
technology, it offers integrating leading-edge technology, a fully connected
customer experience and advanced mobility features. It delivers seamless
connectivity to transform the experience for the driver and passengers.
new interior layout offers even more flexibility with room to configure
workspace with a removeable center console with fold-flat surface. Ram
continues to build on its list of industry-shaping features with the 1500 BEV
Concept ushering in an industry-first feature: third-row jump seats. A powered
mid-gate features mounted jump seats with a removable lower section that allows
for multiple flexible seating configurations and enables a pass-through that
can fit objects up to 18 feet long.
by two electric drive modules, it features all-wheel-drive capability. Ram 1500
Revolution BEV Concept can add up to 100 miles of range in approximately 10
minutes with 800-volt DC fast charging at up to 350 kW. The entire Ram lineup
will offer electrified solutions with disruptive, leading-edge advanced
technology in the years to come. Ram’s move toward electrification supports the
Stellantis Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan to lead the way the world moves by
delivering innovative, clean, safe and affordable mobility solutions.
details, visit stellantisnorthamerica.com.
Fleet unveils three unique to marketplace innovations
Fleet (Belton, Missouri), a leading provider of safety solutions for fleet
vehicles, announced three new innovations designed to improve productivity and
reduce the risk of injury to operators, passengers and pedestrians.
- MobileMuleTM AI: AI-Powered Dual Dash
Cam that detects and alerts for drowsiness, sleeping, seat belt usage,
distracted driving and phone usage before uploading to the cloud, while the road-facing
camera records real-time alerts.
- Air VueTM: Advanced wireless video
transmitter technology for the rear of semi-trailers.
- FoldPro ShelvingTM: Because speed is
what counts in last-mile delivery, FoldPro Shelving offers a solution that
boasts a unique design meticulously engineered to offer unparalleled
durability, enhanced productivity and speed all while prioritizing safety.
FoldPro Shelving is available for Transit, Sprinter, ProMaster and box truck
additional information, visit safefleet.net.
Shyft Group debuts Blue Arc Class 5 all-electric crew cab
Shyft Group (Novi, Michigan) revealed its latest innovation — an all-electric
Class 5 Crew Cab. Using Shyft’s Work Driven Design™ process, this all-electric
vehicle is optimized for crews with a walk-in-van style cab that features a
sliding door and weather-protected steps for safe curbside entrance and exit.
The spacious interior at 85 inches high and 88.5 inches wide allows crews to
walk up into the cab, stand or sit comfortably, and set up a mobile workstation
that enables team members to stay plugged in throughout the day.
Blue Arc’s proprietary, modular Class 5 commercial-grade EV chassis, the truck
is built to handle the payloads and go the distance in end uses such as
construction, trades, municipalities, snow removal and landscaping.
EV work truck features lithium-ion liquid-cooled battery packs and an optional
450-watt-hour integrated solar roof package. It’s optimized for Level 2 and DC
fast charging with an accelerated charge time of 2–6 hours and a 200-plus mile
range. The lightweight aluminum dump body on display at Work Truck Week was
designed by the company’s DuraMag™ brand and featured a payload capacity
ranging from 6,000–10,000 pounds.
Arc plans to integrate the latest in proven vehicle and driver safety
technology such as 360° cameras with 12-inch in-dash HD displays, front parking
sensor and blind spot detection, tire pressure monitoring, weather-protected
steps, and keyless and automated entry.
Class 5 EV chassis will also be available in strip chassis and cowl chassis in
the near future to electrify buses, shuttles, motorcoaches and other vehicles
making a transition to all-electric.
details, visit theshyftgroup.com.
increases electric work truck versatility
(Saegertown, Pennsylvania), the nation’s original electric hoist and
interchangeable truck body company, offers the ideal product to increase the
versatility and functionality of electric work trucks while increasing the
safety of work crews. By installing one of its patented electric hoists and
employing a few interchangeable truck bodies, a single EV work truck can
transform and complete the work of three.
Work Truck Week, Switch-N-Go featured its electric hoist, an aluminum dump body
and an upfitted Cenntro truck from Lee Transport.
is future-focused and present-driven. The company’s patented hoist and truck
body system is not just for EV work trucks — it’s a creative alternative to
finding and buying a new truck chassis. End users can repurpose and transform
an existing permanent mount work truck with the Switch-N-Go interchangeable
system to immediately maximize its functionality and versatility. Boasting
nearly 30 different truck bodies and over 100 authorized dealers nationwide,
Switch-N-Go is proud to be part of the greater transformation of the work truck
Supply Company doubles wire harness capacity
Supply Company (Troy, Michigan) announced the expansion of its Custom Cable and
Wire Harness Assembly operations with the launch of a new facility at the
Entrada Group manufacturing campus in Central Mexico.
response to growing demand, Terminal Supply — a leading electrical MRO supply
partner to the heavy-duty equipment, truck and trailer industries — finalized a
multiyear agreement with Entrada Group in late 2022.
buildout and production line setup is currently underway at Entrada’s Zacatecas
manufacturing campus. Process validation is scheduled for completion in
second-quarter 2023, with production launches planned for the second half of
Terminal Supply sought solutions for the growing demand of its products,
opportunities were evaluated, and the Entrada Group created a proposal that
advanced the partnership opportunity fitting of a family-owned business.
more information, visit tscmfg.com.
VIA Motors introduce VTRUX Class 3 electric work truck
(Orem, Utah) and its subsidiary VIA Motors introduced the VTRUX® Class 3
electric work truck, featuring a Knapheide stake body. Additionally, VIA Motors
is partnering with Morgan Olson and showcased its Class 2B Proxima with a VIA
Skateboard. This vehicle is being developed in collaboration with EAVX, a
business unit of JB Poindexter & Co. (JBPCO).
Poor, Ideanomics CEO, and Bob Purcell, VIA Motors CEO, shared important updates
on the VIA product line, Ideanomics’s portfolio of charging solutions and
Ideanomics’s collaboration with Google Cloud to develop a better digital fleet
management solution. Purcell discussed VDRIVE™, VIA’s skateboard platform, and
VTRUX, VIA’s flexible electric work truck and chassis. Representatives from
Pegasus and EAVX shared their experience with VIA’s product. Poor explained how
Ideanomics’s portfolio of cutting-edge charging solutions are designed to
unleash the full potential of VIA (or any) electric work truck. Topics
- Containerized charging: a 20-foot
shipping container that can charge up to 20 vehicles with up to 700 kilowatts
- ChargeBIG: A smart system can
efficiently charge 36 vehicles at once and can scale quickly.
- WAVE wireless charging: A proven
technology that provides opportunity charging, extending vehicle range.
more information, visit ideanomics.com
releases three new products
(Nanaimo, British Columbia) revealed three new product innovations at WTW23 —
the DTM185 direct-transmission mounted air compressor, G30+GEN rotary screw air
compressor/generator, and 5-in-1 Multifunction Power System, powered by a Honda
is the only direct-transmission mounted PTO driven air compressor, producing
185CFM at 100% duty cycle. It was designed and engineered by VMAC to meet the
demand for a powerful vehicle integrated air compressor with simplified
installation for upfitters. Unlike other underdeck systems, DTM185’s
installation does not require an additional drive shaft, which can lead to
increased costs, alignment issues, excessive vibration and servicing downtime.
newly released G30+GEN delivers compressed air at 25CFM and AC power at 3600W, combining
two convenient forms of power into one single system powered by a Honda GX390
gas engine. The G30+GEN improves job site workflow, allowing operators to
quickly switch between air and AC power for their pneumatic tools, electric
tools, lights and other equipment. With its proven rotary screw technology,
VMAC’s G30+GEN is 40% smaller and 36% lighter than other gas-powered air
new 5-in-1 Multifunction Power System, powered by a Honda iGX800 V-Twin EFI gas
engine, includes a 40CFM rotary screw air compressor, 8kW generator, 250-amp
welder, 300-amp battery booster and 12/24V battery charger. At the request of
its North American dealer network, VMAC leveraged its 10 years of experience
designing multi-power systems to develop the gas-powered 5-in-1 Multifunction,
which includes all the best features of traditional gas and diesel multi-power
systems, but with more power and in a smaller, lighter package.
Power Systems released standardized power solution for ePTO needs and
Power Systems is offering a standardized platform for 48V auxiliary power that
integrates with both traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) and EV
chassis. The company shared the announcement of its new 7,000W/240V inverter
and Power Distribution Hub during Work Truck Week. Both of these innovations
improve performance and reduce barriers to electrification for upfitters.
system-based approach includes NMC li-ion energy storage packs scaling from
6.7kWh to 100+kWh, a secondary alternator for regeneration with ICE engines,
and customizable distribution. The company’s new 7000W/240V inverter is
surge-rated to 15,000kW (10HP base/20HP surge) and will enable upfitters to use
industrial equipment options not previously accessible because of power
Power Distribution Hub simplifies distribution with an all-in-one unit that
integrates either a 3,200W or the new 7,000W inverter-charger, custom DC
conversion and optional MPPT solar controls. The unit reduces complexity and
wiring for upfitters and standardizes service across different fleet vehicles.
more information, visit voltapowersystems.com.
Group unveils W56 step van
Group Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio) unveiled its W56, a new W56 Class 5/6 step van
model available in a number of work truck configurations tailored to meet
various business applications. It provides a unique blend of high reliability,
quality and serviceability. The zero-emission delivery work van is designed to
meet the challenging demands of the commercial vehicle industry, supporting
benchmark payload capacity of up to approximately 10,000 pounds and with a
range of up to 150 miles. The W56 also offers a large 1,000+ cubic foot cargo
box with lowered step-in and wide cabin door for easier entry and exit. Built
with the delivery driver in mind, the cabin has been ergonomically designed
while still providing safety and comfort during even the longest shifts.
existing Workhorse designs, including 9 million-plus miles of service time on
the road, the W56 offers the first fully-designed, purpose-built chassis
platform built from the ground up out of Workhorse’s Union City, Indiana,
factory. Customer demonstration vehicles are expected to be ready in the coming
weeks before regular production begins in third-quarter 2023.
details, visit workhorse.com/w56.
Truck Solutions expands supply chain support
Truck Solutions® (Chico, California) launched its updated upfitter software
suite and released its 2023 upfitter product roadmap. The updated upfitter
suite includes five on-demand reports offering insight into inventory, on-lot
movement, days to turn, leads by product (chassis and body types) and
now, active body manufacturers are being featured on Work Truck Solutions
dealers’ websites in CV Showroom™, the smart digital catalog that helps buyers
shop for any out-of-stock configuration they want to order.
more information, visit worktrucksolutions.com.
a full recap of Work Truck Week, including photos, at worktruckweek.com/coverage.