Says It Will Add 127 Altec Battery Lift Trucks in 2013
Pacific Gas and Electric says it will add 127 bucket trucks with battery-powered Altec aerial lifts during 2013, augmenting 320 it now has. “By 2017, the utility plans to have over 700 e-WIMS trucks in its fleet,” PG&E transportation services director Dave Meisel said in a Tuesday release.
e-WIMS stands for Electric Worksite Idle Management system. Alabama-based Altec built an assembly facility in Dixon, Calif., between Sacramento and Sacramento last year after PG&E committed to the technology (F&F, April 25); yesterday PG&E said it has received a Clean Air Champion Award from the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition for the innovative vehicles.
In addition to clean air benefits, fuel consumption and operating costs are significantly reduced, “resulting in over $700,000 in fuel savings for the utility in 2011 alone,” Meisel said. Worksite safety is enhanced, since “crews can communicate more easily without the drone of an idling engine.
They’re Safer, Too
“What’s more,” Meisel said, “this quieter operation also allows the vehicles to be operated at extended hours that previously would not have been feasible due to noise concerns and local ordinances, improving the utility’s ability to respond to outages at any time of the day.”
“PG&E continues to be an industry leader in the incorporation of green technologies in its utility fleet,” East Bay Clean Cities Coalition director Richard Battersby says in PG&E’s eWIMS announcement. “This innovative e-WIMS technology will result in reduced emissions and fuel savings, which will both benefit the environment and reduce fuel consumption,” Battersby said.
PG&E says it was the first utility in the country to integrate the battery aerial lift technology into its fleet vehicles. The company operates two different models, a 37-foot trouble truck and a 55-foot material handler.
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Source: PG&E release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up