Navistar-Modec EV Alliance to Expand Service Network
Navistar is a producer of commercial and military trucks. The eStar all-electric truck is the first medium-duty commercial vehicle to receive US Environmental Protection Agency certification as a clean fuel fleet vehicle as well as California Air Resources Board certification as a zero-emissions vehicle.
This Class 2c-3 electric truck - the first in its category - has a range of up to 100 miles per charge, making it ideal for many urban applications. When it returns to its home base at the end of the day, it can be plugged in and fully recharged within six to eight hours.
Unlike other electric trucks that are reconfigured models of fossil-fuel trucks, the eStar truck has been purpose-built for electric power, providing a competitive advantage with a low center of gravity (the battery placement is between the frame rails, not mounted on top) and a 36-foot turning circle.
The eStar is engineered with superior aerodynamics, a walk-through cab and a quick-change cassette-type battery that can be swapped out in 20 minutes.
With zero tailpipe emissions, each eStar truck can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10 tons annually. Drivers will be able to experience the ultimate in ergonomic design as the windshield provides nearly 180-degree visibility, the low-floor design provides easy loading/unloading and the noise level is near zero, which makes this nimble vehicle ideal for urban areas facing noise challenges.
The eStar all-electric truck transitioned from concept to reality in August 2009, when President Barack Obama traveled to a Navistar manufacturing plant in Wakarusa, Indiana and announced a grant of $39.2m to be awarded to Navistar.
The grant is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by the US Department of Energy to develop and deploy electric trucks in the US.
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