Just one month after beginning production on its eStar electric truck, Navistar has delivered several trucks to its first clients. At a ceremony in Sacramento, Calif. Tuesday, PG&E accepted two of the plug-in trucks, which have a 1,000-pound payload, a 100-mile range and an 8 hour charge time. Navistar also took the opportunity to announce its first dealership, Riverview International Trucks of West Sacramento.
The eStar all-electric truck is the product of a collaboration between Britain's Modec and Navistar, which licensed technology from Modec's zero-emissions delivery van and brought it to North America for production. In May, Navistar started production at its Wakarusa, Ind. plant, which it says will produce roughly 400 eStars by the end of the year.
The eStar also got some mention at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Tuesday, when Frederick Smith, CEO of FedEx, testified before the committee in support of the Electric Vehicle Deployment Act. FedEx has deployed four eStar electrics in the Los Angeles area as part of a test program, and Smith told the committee that once vehicle costs come down, FedEx will be able to replace many of its diesel-powered trucks with electrics like the eStar.