Minnesota Power’s first hybrid electric bucket truck ready to roll into a neighborhood near you

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Minnesota Power’s first hybrid electric bucket truck ready to roll into a neighborhood near you

February 19, 2016

Duluth, Minn.— Minnesota Power will unveil its first plug-in hybrid electric bucket truck Feb. 23 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center during the 26th annual Energy Design Conference & Expo. The truck features an electric-operated boom powered by batteries and was purchased from Altec Inc., which has an operations and service center in Duluth.

The company’s recent addition to its vehicle fleet reflects a commitment among utilities nationwide to devote 5 percent of their annual vehicle fleet acquisition budgets to purchasing plug-in electric vehicles and other sustainable technologies. This hybrid technology allows the boom and bucket to be operated while the truck is turned off. Eliminating the need to idle trucks at worksites lowers emissions and reduces noise, benefitting the neighborhoods where Minnesota Power lineworkers are performing maintenance, completing repairs or restoring service.

 

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