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Work Truck Show SPECIAL SECTION

MAXIMIZE INNOVATION
advanced technology, the use of additive manufacturing and alternative fuel applications will be among the major features of the work
truck show 2016 when it opens in indianapolis in march.
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Three new features will give attendees at The Work Truck
Show® 2016 solid insights into the future of vocational trucks. A demo 
truck displayed near the show entrance will highlight the lifecycle cost 
benefits of spec'ing trucks that weigh less and use less fuel. 
A red, life-size Shelby Cobra convertible replica on the show
floor will draw attention to the power of 3-D printing to reduce
manufacturing and R&D costs, and maximize innovation. And
outside, attendees can test drive commercial vehicles incorporating the latest advanced technologies and alternative fuel applications to identify those that might work in their fleets.
The Work Truck Show is North America's largest work truck
event. Produced annually by NTEA - The Association for the
Work Truck Industry, the 2016 show will be held March 1 to 4 at
the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
"It's one thing to talk about advanced work truck technology. It's another to build a truck and be able to show people,
here, this is it, and this is what it can do," says Doyle Sumrall,
NTEA managing director. "The idea is to configure a vehicle
that will do the same or more work than a typically configured
truck, but will weigh less and use considerably less fuel. This
display is a visible, tangible example of the Green Truck Association (GTA) and its Lightweight Materials Technology Council
bringing together the industry - upfitter companies, OEMs and
government - to show the possibilities for fleets and truck buyers to significantly improve both their fuel utilization and the
environmental aspects of their commercial vehicles."
The Lightweight and Advanced Technology Demo Truck
display consists of an Isuzu NRR diesel Class 5 truck upfitted
with lightweight components. The truck itself is lightweight
- weighing 760 pounds less than a conventional cab - and
equipped with a driver feedback reporting system, speed limiting and idle shutdown to maximize fuel efficiency.
The GTA, an NTEA affiliate division, teamed up with its
Lightweight Materials Technology Council to build the lightweight concept truck. To analyze the vehicle's lifecycle costs,

GTA worked with the National Renewable Energy Lab, which
is part of the Department of Energy and is associated with the
Clean Cities program that seeks to cut petroleum use in transportation. The results of the National Renewable Energy Lab's
in-depth analysis will be available in the display at The Work
Truck Show.
The show also will feature a large-scale 3-D printing area.
"When you consider that roughly 60 percent of everything
built in the work truck industry is customized in some way, it's
easy to see the advantages of 3-D printing," Sumrall says. "Manufacturers can use their CAD system to design a component
and then use the 3-D printer to make a life-size component
model which they can look at from all angles and test fit into
its space. That's a huge potential cost saving that can also drive
innovative R&D."

Ride-and-Drive
Formerly known as the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, NTEA is
expanding the focus of this popular show feature to include the
latest advanced productivity technologies as well as alternative fuel applications. The Work Truck Show Ride-and-Drive is
open to all show attendees on Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to
drive a variety of vehicles on city streets or in a closed course.
"If you have ever wondered how an all-electric, battery-powered work truck performs on city streets, or how a hybrid heavy
truck rides on the highway, or what's new in multipurpose
truck bodies, this is your opportunity to gain the firsthand experience that can help you match the right technology to your
applications," explains Christopher Lyon, NTEA director of
fleet relations. mt
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