The Green Truck Ride-and-Drive at The Work Truck Show 2011 will be the largest in the event’s history, with 22 hybrid, alternative fuel (including pure electric) and high-efficiency diesel work trucks available for attendees to drive. Additional green commercial vehicles will provide equipment demonstrations in a stationary display area adjacent to the outdoor Ride-and-Drive course.
The Work Truck Show is held in conjunction with the47th Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The event runs March 8-10, with educational programming starting March 7. The Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is open to all show attendees on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 and 9, from noon to 4:30 p.m.
The Ride-and-Drive course covers city streets to provide a realistic driving experience.
“Driving the trucks in real-world conditions gives people a true feel for how the vehicles handle, how they drive, how user-friendly they are, and how transparent the green technology is to the operator,” said Bob Johnson, NTEA fleet relations director. “Participants can see whether or not a vehicle requires any special driving techniques because of the green technology it uses. The Ride-and-Drive can really help clarify the differences, advantages and disadvantages of various green technology applications.”
Access to the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is included free with Work Truck Show registration. 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 some of the vehicles.