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July 23, 2013 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Altec’s Battery Aerial Lifts for All New Trouble Truck Buys

“The hybrid is now our standard,” says Dave Meisel, senior transportation director at Pacific Gas & Electric. He was talking about the utility’s numerous trouble trucks, and by “hybrid” he means standard drive vehicles, primarily Ford F-550s, with battery-powered aerial lifts, electrified accessories like air conditioning, and ePTO – electric power takeoff.

PG&E displayed (from left) a Ford F-550 trouble truck with battery-operated Altec JEMS/E-WIMS lift, a 100% battery electric service truck by Smith Electric Vehicles, and a Navistar International WorkStar truck with 55-foot Altec battery lift in connection with Tuesday’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative Conference in San Francisco.

PG&E displayed (from left) a Ford F-550 trouble truck with battery-operated Altec JEMS/E-WIMS lift, a 100% battery electric service truck by Smith Electric Vehicles, and a Navistar International WorkStar truck with 55-foot Altec battery lift in connection with Tuesday’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative Conference in San Francisco.

PG&E has some 350 of the hybrid trouble trucks now, Meisel told F&F Tuesday, and upwards of another 300 awaiting conversion. Going forward, the utility’s new trouble trucks will be fitted front the get-go with the battery lift dubbed JEMS, for jobsite energy management system, by manufacturer Altec.

PG&E uses the term E-WIMS, for electric worksite idle management, as the installations dramatically reduce on-the-job engine idling.

PG&E expects to have 55 Navistar International WorkStar trucks with 55-foot battery-operated JEMS/E-WIMS aerial lifts by Altec in service by year-end.

PG&E expects to have 55 Navistar International WorkStar trucks with 55-foot battery-operated JEMS/E-WIMS aerial lifts by Altec in service by year-end.

Altec Assembles in PG&E Territory

Alabama-based Altec established an assembly facility in Dixon, Calif., between Sacramento and San Francisco, in large part due to PG&E’s commitment to JEMS-outfitted trucks (F&F, April 25, 2012).

The medium duty trouble trucks are fitted with 7-kilowatt-hour AGM lead acid batteries. PG&E has also commenced deployment – 55 are due by year-end – of Navistar International WorkStar trucks with 55-foot Altec lifts. The heavier trucks have 18-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery arrays.

Helping Develop Allison’s H 3000

For both classes, the JEMS/E-WIMS batteries can be charged while plugging in when the trucks are idle overnight, or by the vehicle’s second alternator while driving between jobs.

PG&E is also helping develop an even heavier, true hybrid electric truck, working with Allison Transmission on a hybrid version of the Peterbilt 348 using Allison’s new H 3000 parallel drivetrain. The truck was shown at EUFMC, the recent Electric Utility Fleet Manager Conference in Williamsburg, Va. (F&F, May 31).

C-Max, Volt and Via as shown by PG&E Tuesday

C-Max, Volt and Via as shown by PG&E Tuesday

The Northern California utility reiterated its commitment to the JEMS/E-WIMS lifts and other electrified vehicles at a display in San Francisco in connection with Tuesday’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative conference.

Plug-In Passenger Cars

In addition to the Altec JEMS-outfitted F-550 trouble truck and WorkStar vehicles were a 100% battery electric service truck by Smith Electric Vehicles, a 100% battery electric Mitsubishi Miev, a Via Motors extended-range electric pickup, and Chevrolet Volt and Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids.

PG&E has approximately 80 of the plug-ins.

For passenger car needs in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Chevy Volt, with its 40-mile all-electric range, “covers almost everything we do,” said Meisel.

“Forty’s a nice sweet spot for us,” said PG&E transportation services manager Nina Kisch.


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PG&E, Dave Meisel, 415-973-5575; [email protected]

PG&E, Nina Kisch, 925-415-6806; mobile 415-271-1240; [email protected]

PG&E fleet, Brian Pepper, 925-708-5243; [email protected]; www.pge.com

Altec, Mark Wegel, 205-408-8048; mobile 205-335-0675; [email protected]

Altec, Mark Greer, 816-236-1277; mobile 816-679-1705; [email protected]; www.altecgreenfleet.com


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Source: Fleets & Fuels with PG&E in San Francisco 

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