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Find Out Which Sustainable Technologies Make Sense for Your Business at The Work Truck Show 2014 Green Truck Ride-and-Drive

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FARMINGTON HILLS, MI--Feb. 14, 2014: Fleet operators planning for the future can save time this year by trying out 23 sustainable technology vehicles in one place during the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive at The Work Truck Show® 2014. Every vehicle is available for test-drives on city streets and in a new closed-access course, providing Show attendees with more vehicles to drive than ever before. This year's lineup includes trucks, shuttle buses and vans powered by the latest alternative fuel and hybrid systems.

The Work Truck Show 2014, North America's largest work truck event, runs March 5–7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. Educational programming, including the Green Truck Summit, begins March 4. Sponsored by Hino Trucks, the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is open to all show attendees on Wednesday, March 5, and Thursday, March 6 from 12:00noon to 4:30pm.

"Instead of trying to find time throughout the year to research and test-drive new vehicles, Work Truck Show attendees can try out 23 of the latest cutting edge alternative fuel and hybrid systems at the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive," says Bob Johnson, NTEA director of fleet relations. "This year's large, diverse fleet of vehicles includes real-world solutions for attendees from nearly any industry."

Many popular alternative fuel and fuel-saving systems are represented at the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, including bi-fuel, compressed natural gas (CNG), electric hybrid, high-efficiency diesel, hydraulic hybrid, plug-in electric and propane autogas. The vehicles included in the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive are:

Allison Transmission

Shuttle bus with parallel electric hybrid transmission system

Altec Industries

Aerial device with plug-in hybrid energy management system

AMP Trucks/Workhorse

Electric walk-in van

Boulder Electric Vehicle

Plug-in electric van

Crosspoint Kinetics

Parallel electric hybrid shuttle bus

ECHO Automotive, Inc.

Plug-in electric hybrid van

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation

Ultra-clean high-efficiency diesel walk-in van

Freightliner Trucks

Natural gas dump truck

Hino Trucks

Two electric hybrid cab-over trucks

IMPCO Automotive

Bi-fuel CNG sedan

International Truck

Plug-in electric tractor

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.

CNG N-Series truck

Kenworth Truck Co.

CNG roll-off straight truck

Lightning Hybrids

Hydraulic hybrid shuttle bus

Odyne Systems, LLC

Plug-in parallel electric hybrid truck

Peterbilt Motors Company

CNG day cab tractor

Ram Commercial

CNG pickup

ROUSH CleanTech

Liquid propane autogas pickup

Vanair Manufacturing Inc.

Vehicle with diesel idle management system

VIA Motors, Inc.

Electric pickup

XL Hybrids

Hybrid electric cargo van

Zenith Motors

Electric cargo van

Green Truck Ride-and-Drive participation is free and no advance registration is required. The vehicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Ride-and-Drive can be accessed at the intersection of aisles 1300 and 3000 on the show floor, near the NTEA Demo Theater.

Participants can drive the traditional course that follows city streets around the Convention Center, or they can take the vehicles into a reserved section of the Indianapolis Zoo parking lot nearby. This large, open area is closed to public traffic, so drivers can devote their attention to their vehicles or park them to test equipment. The new section also allows individuals without a commercial driver's license (CDL) to test drive trucks requiring one.

Additional information about the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is available at Green Products. To register for The Work Truck Show 2014, visit NTEA or call 1-800-441-6832.