Westrux International, based in Sante Fe Springs, Calif., is the latest dealer addition for Navistar’s eStar all-electric truck. The company will provide all sales, service and parts needs for eStar customers in the Southern California region.
“The eStar is an exciting new product with amazing potential to revolutionize the industry and transform thinking when it comes to clean, efficient transportation,” says David Kenney, president and CEO, Westrux International. “The greater Los Angeles region holds strong opportunities for commercial electric trucks due to its market size and dedication to clean vehicle technologies which reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The eStar all-electric truck is the first medium-duty commercial vehicle to receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification as a clean fuel fleet vehicle as well as California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification as a zero-emissions vehicle. This Class 2c-3 electric truck has a range of up to 100 miles per charge, making it ideal for many urban applications. When it returns to its home base at the end of the day, it can be plugged in and fully recharged within six to eight hours.
Unlike other electric trucks that are reconfigured models of fossil-fuel trucks, the eStar truck has been purpose-built for electric power, creating an advantage with a low center of gravity (the battery is between the frame rails, not mounted on top) and a 36-foot turning circle. The eStar is engineered with superior aerodynamics, a walk-through cab and a quick-change cassette-type battery that can be swapped out in 20 minutes, enabling around-the-clock operation. It is capable of carrying payloads up to two tons.
The eStar truck is produced through the Navistar-Modec EV Alliance, LLC, the joint venture between Navistar, Inc. and Modec Limited of the United Kingdom.