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Hybrid bucket trucks being tested by Arizona utility

While visiting the Green Summit this weekend I came across this plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) on display from  Arizona Public Service. Dueco and the Odyne Corporation partnered up and developed this PHEV which they call the Terex Hi-Ranger Telescopic Material Handling Aerial Device to minimize fuel use and emissions. This vehicle uses less fuel on the road with the assistance of a electric propulsion system and while working on-site the engine does not run. All of the boom hydraulic functions and climate control systems can work a full 8 hours without the assistance of the diesel engine. This significantly reduces fuel consumption, noise, and emissions from these vehicles that would usually spend a significant amount of the day idling. The manufacturer claims that fuel costs are cut in half compared to non-hybrid models, and a similar hybrid system from International Truck and Eaton have shown a 40% – 60% drop in fuel consumption in real world tests. The plug-in cabability saves even more fuel over other hybrid systems because it can offset fuel use with inexpensive grid power. Obviously this equals a significant drop in fuel consumption and costs.

Here are some specs of this bucket utility truck:

  • Diesel Engine, 255 HP, 660lb Torque
  • Aerial lift, 0 emissions on 8 hour operating time
  • Battery Capacity = 35 KWh
  • Plug-in recharge time = 8 hours
  • On Board Power Charger = 5kW, 240 VAC
  • Diesel Powered Recharge Capability
  • Motor size 50 kW, Regen & Traction assist
  • Electric air conditioning 20,000 Btu
  • Power Generation = 30 kW continuous, 75 kW peak
  • Payload = 7,500 lbs

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  2. crane trucks Says:

    Dump trucks have come a long way since the earlier models. We are learning and expanding and coming up with a wide range of safer more effective vehicles for the work force. I think it is great that many auto manufacturers are turning to hybrid vehicles to protect the environment and now they are even using hybrid dump trucks.

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    I like the idea of the boom being able to operate apart from having the engine running.

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    These are going into fleets all over the country. We just started getting them in Dallas. Everything I’ve seen says these are real nice trucks and the hybrid design is nothing like that of say, a Prius. Well engineered for the long running days at the job site.

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