Terex Utilities announced the first nine customers who will receive the new Terex Optima 55-ft aerial devices, powered by the HyPower SmartPTO by Viatec and mounted on an International Class 6/7 Medium Duty electric chassis.
Terex introduced the all-electric bucket truck at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) in Williamsburg, Virginia, during the drive-thru demonstrations.
“Xcel Energy, which provides power to millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states, will take delivery of the first unit later this month,” said Joe Caywood, director of marketing and product management. “Many utilities are anxious to jump start their progress toward achieving sustainable fleets. The response from the market has been immediate, with Xcel Energy committing to the first. By combining SmartPTO technology with the International eMV Series electric chassis from Navistar, Terex Utilities was able to bring this electric bucket truck to customers two years ahead of industry projections."
Nine utilities of all sizes, representing investor-owned and municipal utilities, from across the U.S. and Canada, made early commitments with orders prior to EUFMC. The first 10 units will be delivered in 2022. The other utilities receiving units will include: Oncor Electric Company, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, CenterPoint Energy, PNM Resources, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Con Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and SaskPower.
“Navistar is committed to a zero-emission future, and we proudly support Terex in their leadership of electric vehicle adoption,” said Debbie Shust, VP, medium duty truck business, Navistar. “This partnership demonstrates the success of collaboration and technology integration to provide electric utility fleets a solution offering the highest level of expected performance while also helping customers meet their own established sustainability goals."