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2013 NTEA Work Truck Show

Edward A. SanchezApr 24, 2013
Alternative Fuels Focus
Alternative fuels, specifically propane and CNG, were a major theme of the show. Several upfitters showed their kits for the popular Ford F-450 and F-550, including a quick-retrofit CNG package from Quantum Technologies for fleets that want to make a quick transition without having to replace their gasoline-fueled fleets. Echo Automotive also showed a retrofit hybrid system adaptable to existing vehicles, with a 2007 Ford E-250 van serving as the showcase vehicle.
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Mack Granite Class 7 Truck
Mack trucks displayed the medium-duty Granite truck, which is available as either a Class 7 or "Baby 8" for fleets that don't require a full Class 8 vehicle. The Granite is powered by a 9.0-liter Cummins ISX9 engine making 345 hp mated to an Allison 3000-series transmission. The Granite is designed to accommodate a variety of truck body configurations for utility, dump, and municipal applications.
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EVI/Freightliner Electric Walk-In Van
Electric Vehicles International and Freightliner Custom Chassis joined forces to show off an all-electric walk-in van. California fleets such as UPS, Frito-Lay, and PG&E have purchased electric vehicles as part of a deployment of 500 electrified commercial vehicles in compliance with California's recently passed AB 32, requiring measures promoting the development of electrified vehicles and EV charging infrastructure in the state.
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Allison Hybrid System
Allison Transmission showed its H 3000 parallel hybrid system consisting of an automatic transmission, motor/generator, power electronics, and a lithium-ion battery pack. The system captures energy from vehicle braking and reuses it for vehicle propulsion and power for auxiliary equipment.
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Hino Model 195 Double Cab
Hino, Toyota's medium-duty truck division, unveiled a double-cab configuration of its 195-series cabover Class-5 medium-duty, accommodating up to six passengers. The 195 is also available as a hybrid that improves fuel economy by as much as 30 percent over the conventional diesel powertrain.
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Air Suspension for Kenworth Cabovers
Kenworth announced the availability of Hendrickson air suspension systems on its K270 and K370 cabover box trucks. The suspensions are specifically designed to offer a smoother, less jarring ride for cargo such as glass-bottled beverages or other high-value cargo.
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