Utility Receives 22 Trucks with Terex XT55 Lifts
As the First Under EPRI-DoE-SCAQMD Initiative
Philadelphia’s Peco utility is talking up receipt of 22 Ford chassis bucket trucks with Odyne plug-in hybrid electric drivetrains – the first to be deployed under a joint U.S. Department of Energy, Electric Power Research Institute, and South Coast Air Quality Management District program.
The 22 new trucks with Terex XT55 aerial lifts raise Peco’s green fleet total to 788.
As Peco explains it, “The vehicles feature the Odyne plug-in hybrid power system, which allows users to operate auxiliary equipment at a work site without the truck’s engine power. While driving, the hybrid electric motor provides launch assist and regenerative braking, which improves fuel efficiency and also recharges the battery.
‘Advanced Grid Capabilities’ Too
“By using an electric motor and battery, which reduces engine idle time, the new trucks reduce fleet operating and maintenance costs, and depending on duty cycle, enable large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50% compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines…
“The trucks also will include advanced grid capabilities to charge the hybrid batteries at the most opportune time, reducing charging costs and excess demand on the utility grid,” Peco says.
The new bucket trucks are part of a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy, Electric Power Research Institute, and South Coast Air Quality Management District of California initiative to develop and deploy plug-in hybrid systems on almost 300 vehicles.
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Source: Peco with Fleets & Fuels follow-up