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Green Truck Ride 'n Drive

The World Truck Show 2012, March 6–8 at the Indiana Convention Center, will provide show attendees with access to 21 environmentally friendly vehicles during the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive. Equipment demonstrations of electric PTOs and similar technologies also will take place in a stationary display area adjacent to the outdoor Ride-and-Drive course.

A fixture of The Work Truck Show since 2007, the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive gives Show attendees the opportunity to experience cutting-edge technologies and energy-efficient vehicles firsthand. This year’s event includes a range of environmentally friendly drive systems, including CNG, propane, battery-electric, extended range electric, ultra-clean biodiesel, bi-fuel CNG, electric hybrids (series and parallel), and hydraulic hybrids. Some of the vehicles will also feature lightweight and aerodynamic technologies that further reduce the vehicle’s fuel consumption.

A variety of work trucks will be represented in the Ride-and-Drive, including cargo and service vans, pickup trucks, dump trucks, shuttle buses, walk-in vans, tree-trimming trucks, utility trucks, box trucks, cutaways and more. The Ride-and-Drive is sponsored by Hino Trucks. The companies providing vehicles for the Ride-and-Drive are Altec Industries (stationary demonstration), BAE Systems, Cummins Crosspoint, Electric Vehicles International, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Freightliner Trucks, Hino Trucks, IMPCO Automotive, International Truck, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Kenworth Truck Co, Knapheide Manufacturing Company (The), Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products, Lightning Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems, Peterbilt Motors Company, Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), Ram Trucks, Reading Truck Body, Roush CleanTech, and Smith Electric Vehicles.

Access to the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is included with Work Truck Show registration (www.ntea.com or 800/441-6832). Education sessions start March 5. The Ride-and-Drive takes place March 6 and March 7, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees sign up on the Show floor for the vehicles they want to drive on a first-come, first-served basis. A CDL is required in order to drive a few of the vehicles. (Attendees without a CDL are welcome to ride in these vehicles as they are driven by manufacturers’ representatives.) The Ride-and-Drive course covers city streets to provide a realistic driving experience.