Terex Utilities has announced an “industry first” – all-electric bucket truck on a class 6/7 medium-duty chassis that will be unveiled at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in the US next month.
The Terex Optima 55ft aerial device is powered by a plug-in electric power take-off (PTO) solution, the Hypower SmartPTO by Viatec, and mounted on an eMV Series battery electric 33,000GVW chassis from Navistar’s International Trucks.
“By combining SmartPTO technology with the International electric chassis, Terex Utilities was able to bring this bucket truck solution to the electric utilities two years ahead of industry projections,” said Joe Caywood, director of marketing.
“Many utilities have sustainability goals with 50% electric achievement by 2025 and 100% electric by 2030. This solution can accelerate plans for electrification of their fleets,” he added.
The Terex Optima 55ft aerial, mounted on the International eMV Series, is commonly used for electric distribution line work, has a 217km driving range and the ability to operate the bucket for a full workday on a single charge, the firm said.
“We have been working on green solutions for more than a decade,” said Caywood. “During that time, we have learned what works and what doesn’t. It’s exciting to see these investments come to fruition with an all-electric bucket truck that is robust and designed to meet the specific needs of utility applications.”
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