The all-electric bucket truck Terex Optima featuring a 55-ft. aerial device, powered by the HyPower SmartPTO by Viatec, is mounted on an International Class 6/7 medium-duty electric chassis. It was displayed at both the 2023 TechAdvantage Expo and at Work Truck Week 2023.
Finding the right fit for medium- and heavy-duty fleet integration of EV bucket trucks was the focus of a presentation made by Joe Caywood, Terex Utilities director of marketing, during 2023 TechAdvantage. “Service, support, training, and charging infrastructure are factors that fleet managers must consider,” he said.
“While utilities are striving to reach net-zero carbon emissions goals by 2025 and achieve 50% reduction in emissions in just seven years, there are other reasons why utilities and government fleet owners are interested in the EV bucket truck,” added Caywood.
One of the most important reasons to consider an all-electric bucket truck is the improved work environment that it creates, the company says.
“Because there is no idling engine, the worksite is quieter. This improves communication between the crew, but it also reduces noise pollution in the surrounding area. This is particularly appreciated when work is being done in or near residential areas and is especially appreciated by the crew that would otherwise be exposed to high decibel levels for hours a day,” said Robert Hasegawa, product manager.
In addition, Terex Utilities says, eliminating an idling engine also eliminates worker exposure to toxic gasses such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and other chemicals that are contained in diesel exhaust.
The EV bucket truck also offers fuel savings, the company says.
“The actual savings realized by owners varies greatly based on a number of factors, including diesel and electricity prices and driving characteristics, but, in general, EV costs are approximately 70% less per mile to drive,” said Hasegawa.