Work Truck Week, Green Truck Summit wrap up for 2022 season

Written by: Madelyn Collins, FuelsFix Contributor

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After two years of an in-person hiatus, hundreds of industry partners gathered from March 8 to 11 for Work Truck Week 2022. 

Work Truck Week is North America’s largest work truck event, with showrooms, education and training programs, a clean energy summit and a variety of opportunities for networking. Work Truck Week, which includes the Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit, is put together annually by NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry.

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The Green Truck Summit kicked off the morning of March 8 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo/Ainsley Kelso

This year’s event was kicked off by the host of MotorWeek, John Davis, as he played his role of master of ceremonies, introducing key clean energy industry partners. 

“We’re at the tipping point of transportation electrification,” Davis said during an introduction to the Green Truck Summit.

Topics like EV rebates and grants, fuel cells, upfitting and the ins and outs of electric vehicle charger maintenance were on the schedule, as hundreds of attendees packed the rooms to get a glimpse into the future of zero-emission transportation. 

Liane Randolph, Chair of the California Air Resources Board, was the keynote speaker for the Green Truck Summit. She gave the audience a pressing reminder that 15 states and the District of Columbia announced a joint memorandum of understanding in 2020 committing to work together to advance the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. That goal is to ensure that 100% of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales be zero-emission vehicles by 2050.

The emphasis on emerging electric technology remained clear as Ford revealed their expanded charging infrastructure as a part of the Ford Pro program. With the introduction of six new charging equipment and a network that has more than 20,500 charging locations and 70,000 plugs, Ford showed its leaning all-in on electric.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado EV at the Chevrolet booth during the Work Truck Show 2022. Photo/Ainsley Kelso

In the following days of the Work Truck Show, the exhibit hall showed that it had an electric edge as well.

Chevrolet and GM showcased the first-ever 2024 Silverado EV which is designed from the ground up on GM’s Utium Platform. It is estimated the Silverado EV will have 400 miles on a full charge, making it one of the longest range EV models on the market. 

SEA Electric showcased its new SV6 electric van, and the Shyft Group announced its new brand, Blue Arc EV Solutions. Part of that announcement included displaying a fully portable remote-controlled charging station called the Power Cube.

Mark Denton of Alliance AutoGas announced the launch of propane autogas passenger vans at Bass Pro Big Cedar Lodge. Photo/Ainsley Kelso

Although electric vehicles had a big presence at the show, other clean fuels were represented as well.

Clean Fuels Alliance America, formerly known as the National Biodiesel Board, announced the implementation of B100 technology to help the City of Madison, Wisconsin to reach its net zero-emission goals with 100% biodiesel. 

Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) announced the owner of Bass Pro Shop has a new propane autogas shuttle fleet for his nature-inspired resort. 

Navistar announced the International eMV series truck at the Work Truck Show. Participants could take a ride during the Ride & Drive event. Photo/Ainsley Kelso

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosted a booth for the Clean Cities Coalitions program that provided alternative fuel information for fleets and showcased various alt-fuel projects happening across the country. 

During the conference, Ride and Drive events were also available to attendees. This was a chance for people to get behind the wheel and experience the feel of a vehicle for themselves. There were 19 commercial vehicles available to try out on the road, many of them using alternative fuel technology. Some of the vehicles available to test drive included the Workhorse, BrightDrop, the Lion Electric Lion6 and other electric commercial trucks.   

Next year’s Work Truck Week will happen again in Indianapolis, Indiana, from March 7–10. Sign up to receive Work Truck Week 2023 updates and notification when registration and housing open here: https://www.worktruckweek.com/wtw23signup

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