An all-electric Orange EV yard tractor owned and operated by Moran Transportation Corp. takes about 6 hours to recharge and gets used about 20 hours a day. Robert Petzold, Moran's VP, says its costs $5 worth of electricity per day to run its all-electric tractor. By comparison, the company's two diesel-fired yard tractors burn one to 2.5 gallons of diesel per hour of operation.
Hino Motors showed off one of its Model 195 hybrid delivery trucks. Behind it is parked a Zenith Electric-built shuttle van.
Optimus Technologies showed off its biodiesel conversion kits for commercial trucks.
A 2017 model Blue Bird Vision school bus that is powered by propane.
RePowered NGV showed off its natural gas conversion kits commercial trucks.
XL Hybrids displayed its retrofit-capable XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System not only is this cargo van but in a Coca-Cola service van as well.
P.J. Newcomb, sustainability program manager for Coca-Cola North America, shared details regarding his company's use of alternatively-powered vehicles, Currently some 5% of Coca-Cola's fleet in North American - over 1,000 vehicles - uses alternative propulsion of some sort, from hybrid systems to natural gas-fired units.
Coca-Cola has 280 of these XL Hybrid cargo vans in operation today.
Peapod LLC is turning its trucks "green" on both the outside and inside. It brought two of its alternative-powered walk-in vans to the Green Drive event: a hybrid version seen here and a propane-powered model seen behind it. Out of the 160 units Peapod operates in three Midwestern states - Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin - 16 use propane, 2 run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and 2 use a hydraulic hybrid system developed by Lightning Hybrids.
Alpha Baking Company is a pioneer in the alternative fuels space and brought two of its "bread vans" to the Green Drives show. The one seen here is a propane-powered vehicle leased from Penske, which helped design it as well.
Alpha's latest addition is an all-electric walk-in van mode developed by the Workhorse Group.
Testa Produce brought one of its 10 CNG-powered delivery trucks to the Green Drives event; trucks it started deploying back in 2013.
Samantha Bingham, environmental policy analyst with the City of Chicago's department of transportation, noted there are three primary ways fleets can obtain grant money to help fund alternative fueled vehicle (AFV) projects. She said that over the last eight years Chicago has awarded $58 million worth of grants for AFVs and related infrastructure.
Chicago-based energy company ComEd showed off one of its plug-in hybrid walk-in van models at the expo.
Midwest construction titan Ozinga showed off a CNG-powered T800 Kenworth concrete mixer at the Green Drives conference.
Isuzu Commerical Vehicles showed off an NPR-HD model powered by propane. You can see the white propane fuel cylinder underneath the delivery body.
Mitsubishi Fuso displayed an all-electric "E-Cell" version of its popular Canter model. This is one of 10 test trucks that were designed and built for a one-year demonstration project in Portugal, aimed at showing how all-electric trucks are a good fit for urban operations.
Lightning Hybrids brought an Ford E-450 Shuttle bus to the event equipped what its hydraulic hybrid power package.