Navistar-Modec EV alliance expands eStar service, distribution network

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Updated Feb 9, 2011

The Navistar-Modec EV Alliance on Friday, Feb. 4, announced several additions to its sales, service and support network for the eStar all-electric truck: Chicago International Trucks (Chicago market), Rechtien International Trucks (Florida market), K. Neal International Trucks (military and government sales), Beltway Companies (Baltimore/Metro D.C. area) and Dattco (New England area).

“Expanding our service and support for eStar customers to the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast is a great opportunity to continue growing our business,” says Mark Aubry, eStar vice president of sales and marketing. “The eStar all-electric truck is an exciting new product with amazing potential to revolutionize the industry and transform thinking when it comes to clean, efficient transportation.”

The medium-duty commercial eStar all-electric truck has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certification as a clean fuel fleet vehicle as well as California Air Resources Board certification as a zero-emissions vehicle. The Class 2c-3 electric truck has a range of up to 100 miles per charge, making it suitable 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.

The aerodynamic eStar truck is designed with a low center of gravity, a 36-foot turning circle, a walk-through cab and a quick-change cassette-type battery built to be swapped out in 20 minutes. Drivers benefit rom 180-degree visibility, a low-floor design to facilitate easy loading/unloading and a near-zero noise level, according to Navistar.