Florida Company Touts Energy Saving Van Partition Solution for Work Truck Industry

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Chameleon 2000 to be displayed at upcoming National Truck Equipment Association show in St. Louis.

High density ABS plastic is thermoformed to create the Chameleon 2000, an innovative van partition solution that will be on display at the upcoming National Truck Equipment Association show in St. Louis.

“Not only does the Chameleon 2000 offer work vans the advantage of a weight reduction and enormous fuel savings, but it is also American made and fits the cargo van industry’s most popular models,” said Bill McCormack, the product's developer.

In an economy that demands innovation and cost savings, engineers and product developers are forced to consider new methods for providing the longstanding solutions business owners depend on to support their work. The Chameleon 2000 is one such innovation, and its ranking as a finalist at the recent Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 2009 Automotive Innovations Awards precedes its upcoming appearance at the National Truck Equipment Association’s (NTEA) Work Truck Show, being held in St. Louis on March 10-12.

Developed in Sarasota, Fla. by Bill McCormack, the patented Chameleon 2000 is an energy-saving take on the traditional work van partition. High density ABS plastic is thermoformed to create the Chameleon 2000, giving the final product a total weight of approximately 30 pounds. This represents a more than 100 pound weight reduction from its metal counterparts, to which the U.S. Department of Energy attributes a 2.5 percent fuel savings. In addition to its energy saving capabilities, the Chameleon 2000 also boasts green qualities – it is 100 percent recyclable and made from recycled materials, which will not corrode or rattle like a steel partition.

“Not only does the Chameleon 2000 offer work vans the advantage of a weight reduction and enormous fuel savings for both large fleets and individual vehicles, but it is also American made and fits the cargo van industry’s most popular models,” said McCormack.

Ford E-Series cargo vans, along with the GMC Savana, the Chevrolet Express and also the older model GM Astro and GMC Safari vans are all able to utilize the Chameleon 2000. The partition is easily installed in 30 minutes with self-tapping screws or double-sided tape and is contoured to follow the curve of the seat back, allowing for both full seat travel and an ideal fit.

Along with its ABS plastic make up, the partition also features a polycarbonate window, which allows for an unobstructed view, and a console, designed to house a laptop computer between the front seats while creating a hollow extension in the cargo area to fully stow longer items and eliminate the need for external racks. In addition to the partition’s green construction and fuel-saving energy efficiency, the Chameleon 2000’s tight seal and impeccable sizing allows for rapid heating and cooling of the front passenger area. This prevents strain on the vehicle’s temperature control systems, as well as reduces cabin noise, fumes and driver fatigue.

In addition, the Chameleon 2000’s construction provides added safety for the driver and passenger from potentially flying objects and creates a secure area when used for law enforcement applications, such as Homeland Security, Border Patrol and Corrections. Telephone and cable companies, municipalities, general trade contractors and delivery services also have benefitted from the use of the Chameleon 2000.

“We were proud to have recently entered the Chameleon 2000 in the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 2009 Automotive Innovation Awards, during which it was named a finalist and narrowly missed winning the award,” said McCormack.

With the SPE success under its belt, the Chameleon 2000 will make its next appearance at the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Show, being held at the America’s Center in St. Louis from March 10 through March 12. The display, housed at Booth #4046, will feature a full-size Chameleon 2000 and give industry insiders the opportunity to learn about the innovative product, which retails for $399.

For more information on the Chameleon 2000 or for ordering information, please visit http://www.chameleon2000.com or call toll free 877.VAN.9099.

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