Here are options from the electric chassis manufacturers that participated in the Ride and Drive at the Work Truck Show.

Rick Yelton, Editor at Large

April 3, 2024

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Contractors rely on their work trucks to help them be efficient and productive. Thanks to the innovation developed by manufacturers of chassis, body and other attachments, a work truck's purpose extends beyond transportation and tool storage. These new features were fully displayed at the 2024 Work Truck Week held in Indianapolis. The NTEA welcomed more than 15,000 industry professionals who saw the latest commercial vehicles, equipment and technology.

Work trucks are generally defined as vehicles specifically designed and built for commercial or work-related tasks. Heavy-duty work trucks, classified as Class 8 vehicles, include concrete mixers, concrete pumps and often trucks with cranes.

However, contractors are generally more interested in medium-duty work trucks. Stake trucks, cargo haulers, small dump trucks and even super-sized pickups often comprise more than 50% of their fleets. Another advantage of these trucks is that drivers do not require CDLs.

One of the major trends at this year's Work Truck Week was how truck manufacturers electrified chassis for various work truck applications. These manufacturers had first focused on "last mile" delivery vehicles such as step-in vans and box trucks. With their production capacity growing, electric chassis manufacturers are turning their attention to the sizeable vocational market segment. One advantage of these new designs is the ease with which the upfitters can install various body types commonly found in contractor fleets.

Related:5 Pickup Trucks for Construction Work and Contractor Play

So, it might be a good time to consider adding one to your fleet.

Five electric chassis manufacturers participated in the Ride and Drive at the Work Truck Show.

About the Author(s)

Rick Yelton

Editor at Large, World of Concrete

Rick Yelton is the Editor at Large for World of Concrete, an Informa Market’s event. Rick is an engineer who has been involved in the concrete construction industry for more than 3 decades

Rick is an active member of several ASTM International technical committees for cement, concrete and masonry. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Concrete and Concrete Aggregates - C09. He is the current chairman of subcommittee C09-22 Materials Applied to Fresh Concrete.

Rick is also active on several technical committees at the American Concrete Institute.

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