Notes: Navistar Debuts New Electric Truck

Navistar yesterday unveiled the new electric truck it plans to manufacture in Wakarusa.

The eStar runs solely on electric power and can go 100 miles on one charge. It has no tailpipe and can reach 50 mph. Batteries can be replaced in about 20 minutes but take six to eight hours to recharge.

A total of 40 employees will be involved in the initial production in Wakarusa. The plant is expected to produce 400 vehicles this year and several thousand per year in coming years.

The vehicles, which cost about $150,000 each, have no emissions, near zero noise pollution, a 36-foot turning radius and a payload of up to two tons.

FedEx is the first company to purchase the trucks and has let drivers test drive them at stops along Route 66, en route to Los Angeles.

Duke Energy will use $204 million in federal stimulus cash to modernize its systems, creating or retaining about 1,000 jobs in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and the Carolinas.

Porter County officials have approved construction of the new Porter Hospital.

The Indianapolis International Airport has launched a new campaign to lure travelers away from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Both the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority are working to move forward with plans to extend Gary’s runways which were announced last week at the Build Indiana Summit, but a dispute over the value of the land needed for the work remains a sticking point.

Terre Haute is looking to sell its Wabash Ave. parking garage.

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