WAKARUSA, Ind. — Navistar hosted a special guest at its manufacturing plant here yesterday – US president Barack Obama, who was on-hand to present a US$39 million federal grant to develop all-electric delivery vehicles.
Hundreds of Navistar employees were also present at the plant, which will produce the fully-electric delivery trucks. Navistar plans to build 400 all-electric vehicles in 2010 and expects production to ramp up to several thousand vehicles per year.
“The all-electric delivery vehicle is a concrete example of what business and government can do when we work together,” said Dan Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The future is now with this electric vehicle. In fact, we already have interested customers, including some of the most respected names in the industry.”
The zero-emission delivery vehicles are intended for urban pickup-and-delivery applications.
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