There were smiles and handshakes all around when Work Truck Week® 2022 returned to Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 8–11. North America’s largest work truck event often felt more like a long-awaited reunion than a tradeshow, as a verified 12,696 industry professionals gathered in person for the first time in two years.
Work Truck Week, which includes The Work Truck Show® and Green Truck Summit, is produced annually by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry. Last year’s event was virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Work Truck Week has always been the commercial vehicle industry hub, but this year felt extra special in light of everything we have been through since March 2020,” says Steve Carey, NTEA president & CEO. “People were excited to be together, shake hands, share ideas and explore the latest trucks, equipment and technology. In many ways, it delivered the sense of normalcy that our industry needed.”
While overall event attendance was down about 7% versus 2020, Green Truck Summit, a full-day program focused on clean energy trends for commercial vehicles, set a record with a verified 835 participants — an increase of more than 58%. The Summit brings together government representatives, educators, fleets, manufacturers, and innovators to provide updates on the work truck industry’s path to zero emissions.
That path wound through The Work Truck Show exhibit hall, where electric vehicles and charging dominated the product introductions.
- The Shyft Group introduced Blue Arc EV Solutions, a new brand offering a trio of initial product offerings: a purpose-built commercial EV chassis, an all-electric Class 3 walk-in van, and a fully portable remote-controlled charging station called the Power Cube.
- Ford Pro announced new charging hardware that’s launching alongside the 2022 E-Transit all-electric cargo van currently shipping to dealers and 2022 F-150 Lightning Pro all-electric pickup arriving this spring.
- SEA Electric introduced the Class 6 SV6 EV step van powered by its proprietary SEA-Drive power system and designed for the battery-electric last-mile delivery segment.
- The Lion Electric Company announced several key partnerships with truck upfitters to provide new fully electrified refrigerated, dry freight and aluminum stake body options for its Lion6 zero-emission urban truck.
- Ram Commercial unveiled the new 2023 Ram ProMaster and announced that in 2023 it will introduce a battery-electric ProMaster designed with input from Amazon to include unique last-mile delivery features.
- Chevrolet Commercial Vehicles showcased its 2024 Silverado EV fully electric truck and highlighted the fleet-oriented WT model.
- Other “green” news included announcements related to customer adoptions of propane and biodiesel.
Hundreds of event attendees participated in the Work Truck Week Ride & Drive March 9–10. Ride & Drive featured 19 commercial vehicles with the latest advanced technologies, sustainability offerings and alternative fuel applications. Participants drove many of the vehicles on city streets.
Work Truck Week returns to Indiana Convention Center March 7–10, 2023. Sign up to receive email updates about the event, including when registration opens in the fall, at worktruckweek.com/wtw23signup.
Established in 1964, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, a 501(c)(6) organization, represents more than 2,000 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell, and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers, and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to NTEA. The Association provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces Work Truck Week and Green Truck Summit. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.