The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal water and power utility in the nation, recently received the first Odyne plug-in system equipped bucket truck in California.
Featuring an International chassis and an Altec body and boom, the truck was delivered as part of a South Coast Air Quality Management District program to support new energy efficient vehicles. The Odyne hybrid system truck and a diesel powered truck will be tracked and compared to determine the real world benefits of the hybrid system. Each vehicle is equipped with a data acquisition system to record a comparative analysis.
The Odyne hybrid power system features proprietary and patented hybrid technology combining reliable electric power conversion, power control and energy storage technology. Compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines, an Odyne plug-in hybrid system lowers fuel consumption by up to 50 percent, reduces emissions, and provides quieter operation at the work site, according to the manufacturer.
LADWP serves 670,000 water customers and 1.4 million electric customers.