ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. — Navistar has unveiled its all-electric commercial vehicle, dubbed eStar.
The Class 2-3 electric delivery truck produces no emissions and has a range of 100 miles per charge, the company announced. It takes six to eight hours to fully charge the vehicle after a work shift.
Navistar says it’s now taking orders for the vehicle and plans to deliver 400 units by the end of the year.
“For businesses, municipalities and other organizations that demonstrate their environmental commitment, the eStar provides them with a smart option,” said Shane Terblanche, general manager, electric vehicles, Navistar. “We have brought the eStar to market to meet the needs of responsible customers who strive to have a positive impact on the environment through energy efficiency.”
FedEx already has an eStar in its Los Angeles fleet for evaluation purposes.
“FedEx is continually looking to connect the world more responsibly,” said Mitch Jackson, vice-president of environmental affairs and sustainability at FedEx. “Navistar’s purpose-built electric truck has the potential to assist in making our business more environmentally sustainable and reduce dependence on foreign oil, while ensuring FedEx the reliability necessary to meet our commitment for superior customer service.”
The eStar has a payload capacity of up to two tonnes and boasts a low center of gravity and 36-ft. turning radius, Navistar claims. It’s capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10 tonnes per year. The windshield provides 180-degree visibility and the low floor design allows for easy loading/unloading.
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