WARRENVILLE, ILL. – (April 22, 2011) – eStar™, the all-electric truck by Navistar, is a sponsor and participant in today’s Earth Day New York CO2 E Drive. The event is helping raise climate change awareness and will feature a parade of environmentally-friendly vehicles painting a virtual “E” on the streets of New York. Using GPS technology, the “E” route progress will be tracked on billboards throughout Times Square. Following the drive, eStar and a select number of other vehicles will participate in a green vehicle runway presentation in Times Square.
“For decades, Navistar has demonstrated a commitment to technologies that benefit the environment and our customers, which is why eStar was created,” said Mark Aubry, vice president sales and marketing electric vehicles, Navistar. “This event is an opportunity to show why eStar is such an exciting product with potential to revolutionize the commercial truck industry and transform thinking when it comes to clean, efficient transportation.”
Capable of carrying payloads up to two tons, the eStar medium-duty truck offers features such as a low center of gravity (the battery is between the frame rails, not mounted on top), walk-through cab, and a cassette-type battery, which allows for easy maintenance and is the perfect design for around-the-clock operation. With zero tailpipe emissions, each eStar truck can potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10 tons annually. The eStar is available at the Truck King International dealership in New York City.
Additional CO2 E Drive details can be found at www.earthdayny.org.
The eStar transitioned from concept to reality in August 2009, when President Barack Obama visited Navistar's manufacturing plant in Indiana to announce $39.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Energy. It 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.
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses, Monaco® RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com/newsroom.
Media contact: Steve Schrier, 630-753-2264
Investor contact: Heather Kos, 630-753-2406
Web site: www.eStar-EV.com