Morgan Olsen award

NTEA honors trail-blazing companies

March 11, 2020
Morgan Olson, Truck Safety USA, Workhorse receive WTS Innovation Awards for products addressing industry issues

Morgan Olson, Truck Safety USA and Workhorse took home the Innovation Awards during The Work Truck Show 2020.

Morgan Olson’s Storm Class 2 step van prototype won in the Body Concept category, Truck Safety USA LLC’s Cab Brace won in the Safety category and Workhorse’s C-Series lightweight step van won in the Green category.

Innovation Award winners were selected by a panel of editors and fleet managers from 92 eligible products entered through the show’s New Product Spotlight program. Judges noted this year’s winning products addressed important industry issues such as improving safety, the need for greener solutions and increased efficiency in last-mile delivery.

Storm, Morgan Olson’s new Class 2 walk-in step van, was designed as a commercial-grade delivery solution with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of less than 10,000 pounds for e-commerce and parcel package delivery companies facing driver shortages. It features new advanced driver safety technologies, including an ergonomic driver’s seat with a higher seated position to make it easier on delivery drivers constantly entering and exiting the vehicle during shifts.

Storm’s design is so adaptable that Morgan Olson introduced two prototypes—one built on a Ford F-150 chassis and the Electric Storm powered by BMWi technology. Morgan Olson also is exploring additional Class 2 chassis partners.

Truck Safety USA’s Cab Brace is a safety support mechanism for use during cab-over engine truck maintenance, specifically for fire apparatus and refuse trucks. The brace holds the cab up and out of the way from the engine compartment during maintenance. Judges noted this extra measure of protection is a game-changer for refuse truck applications because it provides added safety in case other protective mechanisms fail. With the truck cab stationed in its tilted-open position, the patent-pending Cab Brace is placed on the truck frame member, moved to wedge between the cab frame and truck frame, and tightened to engage the clamping mechanism.

Workhorse’s C-Series all-electric step vans are designed with lightweight composite bodies to significantly decrease vehicle curb weight, are 100% electric and available in 650, 1,000 and 1,200 cubic-foot sizes. Vehicles are 12,800 pounds GVWR with modular battery packs that provide expected range of 100-150 miles on a single charge, while achieving approximately 53 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent. Workhorse currently has the only patent approved for a delivery-truck-mounted drone system, shown to further increase last-mile efficiency.

“Exhibitors continue to unveil the most innovative products in the industry here at The Work Truck Show,” said Steve Carey, NTEA’s president and CEO. “That was the case again in 2020, as the event provided the industry a showcase for the newest and most innovative offerings in vehicles, technology and equipment.

“These products will have a lasting impact on the efficiency and productivity of commercial vehicles and fleet operations.” 

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