CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Oct 8, 2013) -
WHAT: 22 electric and hybrid trucks will be available for test drives by fleets and the media at Soldier Field today. The collection of trucks includes a 50,000lb all-electric City of Chicago refuse truck, commercially available hybrid trucks and the world debut of an electric walk-in van. This ride & drive event is part of the High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) national meeting that is occurring this week in Chicago from Oct. 7-9.
WHY: The National HTUF Meeting is being held in Chicago this year because the city has announced the creation of a very significant clean truck purchase incentive program. The 10 million U.S. heavy trucks and buses only comprise 4% of all vehicles, but use 25% of all highway fuel. Replacing just one heavy duty truck with an energy efficient model can have the same impact as swapping 24 hybrid passenger cars.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Soldier Field
KEY VISUAL OPPORTUNITY: Ride & Drive Event Includes Parade of New Fuel-Efficient Technologies
- Opening Remarks: 12:30pm to 1:00pm
- Ride & Drive Technology Parade: 1:00pm to 1:30pm
- Media can test drive a variety of heavy duty vehicles on a custom-built course, starting at 1:30 until 5pm.
- To view a list of ride and drive vehicles, visit http://bit.ly/1fLNM8t
- Industry representatives will be on-site, available for interviews throughout the day.
- Location: Soldier Field
Founded by CALSTART and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center's National Automotive Center (TARDEC), HTUF is operated by CALSTART under contract to the U.S. Army. Visit www.htuf.org to learn more.
CALSTART, North America's leading clean transportation technologies and solutions consortium, consults internationally to over 140 member companies and clients. CALSTART serves as a catalyst for creating jobs, cleaning the air, reducing fuel consumption and mitigating the threat of climate change. For more information on HTUF and other CALSTART programs, visit: www.calstart.org