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Navistar delivers its first all-electric straight truck with ePower

May 1, 2023
The International eMV Series Class 6 truck is equipped with Navistar's ePower technology, allowing the refrigeration unit to be powered directly by the electric vehicle's battery pack.

Navistar has delivered its first International eMV Series truck with ePower to foodservice distribution company Sysco. The companies will continue to partner to accelerate sustainability efforts in the Class 6 all-electric refrigerated straight truck segment, according to a Navistar press release.

In the eMV—an all-electric version of International's MV Series—the ePower option pulls power directly from the electric vehicle's battery pack to power its electric transport refrigeration unit (eTRU). With the availability of the factory-installed ePower and electric power take-off (ePTO) electrical system options, fleets have more flexibility when spec’ing International eMV Series Class 6 and 7 battery-electric trucks for different applications, according to the release.

"As the global foodservice leader, Sysco is proud to partner with Navistar, Thermo King, and Morgan Truck Body to pilot the first all-electric Class 6 refrigerated straight truck," said Marie Robinson, EVP and chief supply chain officer at Sysco. "Collaboration with like-minded OEMs is required to further advance fleet electrification in our industry and meet our goal of reducing operational emissions by 27.5% by 2030."

According to Sysco (No. 9 on the FleetOwner 500 Private fleets) purchase of the truck is a step in its climate goal of electrifying 35% of its U.S. fleet by 2030, which is the equivalent of 2,800 electric vehicles.

"We worked closely with transport refrigeration unit partner Thermo King and body builder Morgan Truck Body to ensure optimal integration of ePower," said Debbie Shust, VP of Navistar’s medium-duty truck business. "It's a proud moment to be able to demonstrate this first eTRU in the market on an electric vehicle alongside Sysco."

Through this partnership, Navistar and Sysco will pilot an International eMV Series with ePower, which will be on display in Thermo King Booth 5484 during the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from May 1-4. The International eMV Series will also be available at the ACT Expo Ride and Drive. The International eMV Series was first introduced at ACT Expo in 2021.

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