Photo: DUECO

Photo: DUECO

Philadelphia-based PECO recently added 22 new Terex XT55 hybrid bucket trucks from DUECO, expanding the company's fleet of alternative-fuel and electric vehicles to 788.

The Terex XT55 hybrid bucket trucks feature Odyne plug-in hybrid systems, which allows users to operate auxiliary equipment at a work site without the truck's engine power. While driving, the hybrid electric motor provides launch assist and regenerative braking, which improves fuel efficiency and also recharges the battery.

As well, the trucks delivered with Odyne plug-in hybrid systems will feature advanced grid capabilities to charge the hybrid batteries at the most opportune time, reducing charging costs and excess demand on the utility grid.

The 22 trucks are part of a 300 vehicle, $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and South Coast Air Quality Management District of California (SCAQMD) award. Odyne is developing and deploying over 120 plug-in hybrid systems for trucks for companies and governmental entities throughout North America as part of the award.

Read this Hybrid bucket truck Q&A with NV Energy for a look at the various benefits.

Odyne also was recently awarded a grant from a California for hybrid truck retrofits.