The local partnership on the zero-emission power system enables the utility to reduce CO2, work...

The local partnership on the zero-emission power system enables the utility to reduce CO2, work quietly, and save on maintenance costs.

Photo: Holland BPW

Holland Board of Public Works’ (HBPW) newest utility truck is cleaner, quieter, and less expensive to maintain thanks to a new partnership with Volta Power Systems, a local energy technology company. Equipped with an advanced lithium ion auxiliary power system, lineworkers work from the truck nearly all day on a single charge without the need for idling. HBPW’s investment in the clean technology truck, manufactured by Palfinger/ETI, represents an important step in aligning distribution operations with the Holland Community Energy Plan.

“A good portion of the working hours of our bucket trucks are spent idling, so this technology will significantly reduce the overall emissions of the vehicle," said Dave Koster, HBPW general manager.

The 13.2 kWh system runs hydraulic equipment, power tools, and exportable worksite power. The system charges from the alternator while driving to maximize engine efficiency; it also charges at the garage overnight without requiring specialized equipment. The vehicle is estimated to save the utility up to $14,000 per year in reduced fuel and maintenance costs while preventing about 42,000 lbs in CO2 emissions.

As an added benefit, the idle-free system enables the utility to run quietly for nighttime and emergency repair work with minimal disruption to sleeping neighborhoods.

HBPW’s truck began service in July. Though residents are unlikely to hear the truck idling, they can pick it out from the Idle-Free Hybrid decal on the side of the truck.

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