The largest work truck event in North America kicked off Wednesday (March 7) at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. More than 11,000 visitors are expected for the annual Work Truck Show which runs through Friday. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shawn Spence).
The event, produced by Michigan-based NTEA — The Association for the Work Truck Industry — will include the introduction of six new trucks and 100 new products from various companies.
On Wednesday Chevrolet revealed its first-ever Silverado Class 4, 5 and 6 conventional cab models including the Silverado 6500HD, the biggest Silverado ever. “Chevy’s designers and engineers were obsessed with making this Silverado the most customer-focused medium duty truck of any major competitor,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet, in a press release. “By customer-focused, I mean work-ready trucks that are easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service and easy to own.”
Also on Wednesday, Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services announced it has signed an exclusive supply agreement with Motiv Power Systems, a leading producer of all-electric chassis for walk-in vans, box trucks, work trucks, buses, and other specialty vehicles. The agreement provides Spartan exclusive access to Motiv’s EPIC all electric chassis in manufacturing Class 4 – Class 6 walk-in vans for a minimum of three years.
With this joint commitment, the companies can produce zero-emission, economical and reliable all-electric walk-in vans for fleets and expect to build hundreds of such vehicles over the course of the agreement. “Our key customers have been asking Spartan to provide an EV solution. Our exclusive supply agreement with Motiv answers their question and demonstrates Spartan’s ability to innovate and advance the markets we serve, and we believe it places us ahead of the curve in the EV fleet market,” said Daryl Adams, president and CEO, Spartan Motors.
This is the fifth consecutive year the Work Truck Show has been held in Indianapolis.
— Shawn Spence