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Navistar’s All-Electric Truck Joins GE EV Tour

May 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Navistar Inc.’s all-electric truck, eStar, is being featured in the GE EV Experience Tour, according to a press release.

The nationwide tour is educating different industry segments and stakeholders on the emergence of electric vehicles (EV) and the benefits they can provide to businesses, governments and communities. The eStar is among a variety of EV manufacturers showcased during the tour.

“The GE EV Experience Tour is the perfect venue for Navistar to showcase eStar and educate attendees on smart EV options for commercial needs,” said Mark Aubry, vice president sales and marketing, electric vehicles for Warrenville, Ill.-based Navistar. “Tour visitors will experience eStar’s eye catching design and driver friendly features like a 180 degree windshield and easy in and out vehicle access.”

Capable of carrying payloads up to two tons, the eStar medium-duty truck offers features such as a low center of gravity (the battery is between the frame rails, not mounted on top), walk-through cab and a cassette-type battery that allows ease of maintenance and is the perfect design for around-the-clock operation. With zero tailpipe emissions, each eStar truck can potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10 tons annually. The eStar has a range of up to 100 miles per charge, and can be fully charged in six to eight hours.

Each daylong tour stop features presentations by GE and community leaders, workshops to help stakeholders with EV planning, deployment, and integration strategies, and test drives.

“The tour is an important way for us to engage EV stakeholders nationwide and have a serious dialogue about the economic and environmental advantages of EV deployment,” said Deb Frodl, chief strategy officer for GE Capital Fleet Services.

The tour began in March 2011 and is stopping in six U.S. cities: San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York and Washington, D.C.

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