WASHINGTON, D.C. — Navistar recently visited Capitol Hill to show off its first all-electric truck to US legislators.
The all-electric truck is symbolizes a new wave of US-led clean vehicle technologies, the company told members of Congress. Navistar recently received a US$39 million grant to develop the electric trucks, which will be used in urban areas. The company says it will build 400 of the vehicles in 2010, ramping up to several thousand per year as the market grows.
“The all-electric commercial truck is a concrete example of advanced technology that will be swiftly brought to market with government incentives, just like diesel-hybrid trucks and school buses,” said Greg Elliott, senior vice-president, Navistar. “We must continue to invest together for the next generation of advanced vehicles with innovative aerodynamic design and greater hybrid and electric market penetration across the nation.”
Navistar sees the all-electric truck working in congested urban areas in light-duty applications where stop-and-go driving would otherwise consume a lot of fuel.
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