Zachary Sass, Key Accounts & Inside Sales Team Manager, and Matthew Gillespie, Key Accounts Sales Manager, attended the 2022 Work Truck Week in Indianapolis, Indiana, from March 8th – 11th.
First, on Wednesday, Matthew said they enjoyed the exhibition hall and talking with several modifiers, suppliers, and current customers. In short, the exhibit hall had commercial vehicles and related equipment from more than 500 work truck industry exhibitors. The Work Truck Week’s about page says, “For more than 20 years, the people who design, build, use and maintain the work trucks and equipment the world relies on having gathered every March. To see the industry’s latest products and technology, learn from one another, and discuss how to improve the future.”
After that, on Thursday, we attended an educational session on Global Work Truck Market Trends and Impacts, presented by Tim Cambell, Managing Director, Campbells Consultancy. “It was an exciting discussion about the commercial industry moving to Electric Vehicles and alternative fuel sources,” Zach explained. The WTS22 re-cap describes the event as “Attendees gained a unique perspective on developing trends in the global commercial vehicle market. Including regulations, technological advancements, and other factors that may impact the North American work truck industry.”
Tim Cambell believes that it is important for fleet owners to start engaging with zero-emission transportation. Consequently, they’ll make sure they are on the right side of the transition when the time comes. For instance, the U.S. has deployed 1,215 zero-emissions vehicles Class 2b through Class 8 as of December. That number could increase more than ten times within ten years, according to a study by Calstart. “It’s upside-down residuals. Diesels are cheap to buy expensive to run. Electric vehicles are expensive to buy but cheap to run. We’re turning the TCO [total cost of ownership] model on its back.” Campbell said.
In addition, Zach and Matthew also enjoyed checking out Knapheide‘s booth, which included the Steel 16k FT-LB Mechanic Truck, with new durable Master Lock handles, 22″ deep compartments, and a 50″ wide cargo area with D-ring tie-down on the floor, pictured below. To sum it up, Ford Global Fleet Sales enjoyed visiting Work Truck Week 2022 and looks forward to future events like this one.
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