Peterbilt Motors Company participated in the world’s largest Earth Day celebration – Earth Day Texas – April 24-26 at Fair Park in Dallas. The company had two vehicles on display, the Model 579 EPIQ and a natural-gas powered Model 579, and a unique driving simulator that includes a full-size truck cab.
“Earth Day Texas is a great event and we’re excited to be a part of it to help provide education on the many green initiatives Peterbilt and the trucking industry are making,” said Anthony Gansle, Peterbilt’s Marketing Manager for On-Highway Vehicles. “The Model 579 EPIQ is the most fuel efficient vehicle in Peterbilt’s 75-plus year history and we’re proud to showcase it here, along with an alternative fuel vehicle that runs on compressed natural gas.”
Gansle noted the Model 579 EPIQ features some of the innovations and technologies that were developed for the company’s SuperTruck, which it exhibited during Earth Day Texas last year. The SuperTruck achieved 10.7 miles per gallon and featured advanced aerodynamic styling and enhancements that are integral to the Model 579 EPIQ.
While the two vehicles were displayed outside, Peterbilt also had an exhibit inside the Automotive Building at booth #3425. The inside exhibit included the truck driving simulator and information on Peterbilt’s many environmental achievements at its manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas, about 40 miles north of the event, where the company is also headquartered.
Peterbilt received the top award – the North Texas Clean Air Champion – at the ninth annual Working for Clean Air Awards from the North Texas Commission in 2013 and its Environmental Management System was ISO 14001:2004 certified in 2007. Among Peterbilt’s green initiatives are:
• Operating as a Zero Waste to Landfill manufacturing facility.
• Providing a ride sharing program for plant employees.
• Creating a No Idle Zone at the facility that prohibits all vehicles from idling for more than five minutes.
Earth Day Texas was held at Fair Park (1121 1st Ave. / Dallas, TX 75210) April 24-26.