The National Truck Equipment Assn. (NTEA) has announced that two companies – Dakota Bodies and Energy Xtreme – took home exhibitor awards for its 2011 Work Truck Show exhibition, which was held earlier this month in conjunction with the group’s 47th annual convention in Indianapolis.
Dakota Bodies bagged the 2011 Editors’ Choice Award for its new “component body” service truck body kit that upfitters can assemble in 16 different configurations to meet specific customer needs. Available in galvanneal, aluminum or stainless steel, with a pre-assembled powder-coated finish, Dakota’s component body is huck-bolted together, making its sections easily interchangeable, according to the company..
Energy Xtreme took home the 2011 Green Award for its new U36 Crossover mild-hybrid plug-in system, which it said is designed to provide reliable, emission-free energy to power hydraulic lifts and equipment on bucket trucks.
The U36 can be factory-integrated into new vehicles or retrofitted to existing utility vehicles to run a truck’s auxiliary electrical equipment, tools, motors, pumps, hydraulic booms, lights, radio and laptop without the need to engage the engine or use a generator. It has a small footprint, weighs less than 750 lbs. and plugs into a 30-amp wall outlet to recharge, said Energy Xtreme.