In June 2014, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) released a white paper that encourages investor-owned utilities to meet an industry-wide goal of dedicating 5% of its annual fleet purchase plan to plug-in electric vehicles and technologies. The following article summarizes the white paper.
The Terex HyPower Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid PTO system that uses stored energy from the system’s rechargeable batteries to power the non-propulsion functions of the vehicle. The Terex system is designed to reduce, or even eliminate, the use of fuel for the work done while the vehicle is sitting still. By using plug-in electric hybrid technology to operate the boom and accessories, the Terex HyPower system reduces a whole range of pollution produced from diesel fuel and eliminates the noise from an idling engine normally used to run the hydraulic system.
For more information about the Terex HyPower Hybrid System, please visit: http://www.terexhypower.com/. For more information on the full line of Terex Utilities products or to find the nearest Terex Utilities equipment distributor, visit www.terex.com/utilities.
Our Terex® HyPower™ features a robust and retrofittable hybrid system that allows utility trucks to become state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Here are six things to know on what the Terex® HyPower™ offers:
- Fuel Savings – The HyPower™ system can save up to 1.2 gallons of fuel per hour of work. This adds up to thousands of gallons over its lifetime.
- Reduced Noise – Traditional Utility Trucks are very noisy while they’re working. Since the HyPower™ system reduces or eliminates the need for the vehicle to idle on the jobsite it greatly reduces noise. This is good for the Utility Workers and for anyone living nearby.
- Decreased Maintenance – Since the vehicle’s engine doesn’t have to operate to power job site work it runs up to 65% less. This reduced operating time means that repairs and maintenance of the engine decrease greatly.
- Increased In Service Time – By reducing the fuel used by the vehicle our system reduces the number of times the vehicle has to be refueled. How much more time would a crew have if they refueled 400 fewer times.
- Retrofits – The HyPower™ system was designed to be simple and reliable. Because it doesn’t interfere with the drive train it’s easily retrofitted on most chassis and for almost all Terex Utility models.
- No Limitations – Most other Hybrids force you to compromise on the chassis, drivetrain, working space, towing capacity or operating time. HyPower™ system has none of these limits allowing you to work as you always have.
For more information on Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid System retrofits, visit www.terexutilities.com.
Being green is all about choices. At the personal level, simple decisions you make every day either help or hinder the health of our environment. You may find yourself asking, “Should I recycle this? Should I walk instead of drive? Should I start using reusable bags when I grocery shop?” If you desire to be green, these are easy decisions to make.
Decisions made in the utilities industry are just as simple. “Do I want a unit that will save fuel while I’m working at a worksite? Do I want a unit that is designed to reduce harmful pollutants and maintain air quality in my work area?” Again – easy decisions if you desire to be green.
Our Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid System is the ultimate easy decision. The Terex HyPower is a plug-in Power Take-Off (PTO) system that uses stored energy from the system’s rechargeable batteries to power the non-propulsion functions of the vehicle. The system can be used on any heavy-duty, diesel-powered vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 lb. The system is designed to reduce harmful pollutants and maintain air quality at the worksite. Want to know more? Read more in our brochure here.
The National AFV Day Odyssey is a biennial event dedicated to promoting cleaner choices in transportation, presented by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) at West Virginia University. The event brings national attention to AFVs and advanced technology vehicles as a cleaner and more efficient choice for transportation. Learn more and find a 2012 Odyssey event to attend in your area
HTUF, also known as High-Efficiency Truck User Forum, held their annual national conference and expo on September 18 – 20 in Charlotte, NC.
Terex was one among many different exhibitors at the expo. At our booth (#417), we had team members meeting customers, explaining how our hybrid system works and providing comprehensive literature. One of our many features allows you to monitor and troubleshoot our HyPower System with our remote software package.
In the ride-and-drive, We showcased our Terex Hi-Ranger HRX55 over-center material handling aerial device featuring our patented HyPower Hybrid System.
Thanks to everyone that had a chance to stop by the booth. And for those of you who didn’t get the opportunity to swing by or couldn’t make it to HTUF this year, please feel free to contact us about any questions you may have about our hybrid system – remember, we now offer our Terex HyPower hybrid system as a retrofit for past Terex units and competitive units.
You’ve heard us talk about the benefits of the Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid System numerous times; whether it’s the fact that the system is retrofittable, or how it reduces exhaust emissions, or how it can help save fuel costs. However, it never seems to mean quite as much unless it comes straight from the customer’s mouth.
We recently followed up with Cowlitz PUD to get feedback on their experience using our HyPower hybrid system that was retrofitted onto one of their existing work trucks. Good or bad, we wanted to know what they thought. Jim Cantrell (Substation Wireman) responded on the system’s quiet operation, “It’s quiet and we can talk to each other without yelling above the noise of the truck engine.” As long as the HyPower system’s rechargeable batteries are properly charged the night before, Jim and the rest of the crew can typically work a whole day on the jobsite without running the truck’s engine. Cantrell also said, “This is ideal for substation work where we are parked in one position all day.”
When you don’t have to run the engine while working a jobsite, you save fuel and eliminate exhaust fumes. With the Terex® HyPower™ hybrid system, you will have the ability to breathe in that nice fresh air, like Cowlitz’s Substations Wireman, Todd Richardson. Referring to the lack of diesel exhaust fumes coming from the truck while the hybrid system is engaged, Richardson says, “It’s nice to be able to breathe again.” But that’s not all Richardson was fascinated with. He also told us, “I’m impressed with how smooth the bucket operates.” This is because the operation is not affected at all when choosing to run in Regular or Hybrid mode. The power is the same, the speed is the same, and when transitioning from engine on to hybrid mode while operating the boom, the transition is seamless.
To sum it up, Cowlitz PUD said, “We chose the hybrid system HyPower retrofit because we had the standard manlift already but wanted to take advantage of the benefits of a HyPower retrofit. Benefits for us are: Better work environment for employees, less need for managing the regenerative system on the truck and less carbon emissions into the atmosphere.”
Find out more about the Terex® HyPower™ hybrid system and our retrofit options by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Terex Utilities now offers the option to retrofit your existing utility vehicles, including competitor models, with our Terex® HyPower™ hybrid system, which offers quiet operation, fuel efficiency and low exhaust emissions.
News is spreading about the benefits of the Terex® HyPower™ hybrid system, but people have questions and want to see proof. No problem. We hit the road capture video of a couple competitors’ units that have been retrofitted with our HyPower hybrid system and contacted owners and operators to get their feedback.
The video footage and customer feedback was fantastic. The video features both an Altec® and a Versalift® unit retrofitted to utilize our hybrid system. The video shows both units in action with the hybrid system running while customers talk about the benefits they’ve experienced like:
1. Quiet operation
2. Fuel efficiency
3. Easily rechargeable
4. Low exhaust emissions
5. Unimpeded performance
Still have doubts? Then click on the link to watch the video to see for yourself. The video covers a lot, but of course it doesn’t cover it all. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at Utilities.Info@terex.com.
Terex Utilities now offers customers the option to retrofit their current utility truck fleet with the Terex HyPower Hybrid System, a plug-in Power Take-Off (PTO) system that uses stored energy from the system’s rechargeable batteries to power the non-propulsion functions of most utility vehicles.
The system helps customers save fuel and reduce exhaust emissions while allowing operators to function in a relatively quiet work environment, a benefit for noise sensitive job sites.
“Retrofitting our HyPower™ system onto a current utility truck, including aerial devices and digger derricks, can help customers ‘green up’ their fleet at a reduced capital investment versus purchasing a new HyPower™ unit,” says Nick Cammisa, Terex national accounts manager. “Not only is this a less expensive option, but it’s also a faster way for customers to meet their company’s green initiatives. The HyPower™ system reduces the engine idle hours on the job site, resulting in fewer oil changes, lower fuel consumption, as well as reducing the amount of times an engine will need to go into re-gen mode. Most competitive aerial device makes and models qualify for this retrofit option.”
The Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid Retrofit Program can be applied to any Terex or competitive manufacturer’s aerial devices five years old or newer and can be completed at any one of our 14 different Terex Equipment Services (TES) locations. For an aerial device to be considered for a HyPower™ retrofit, it needs to pass an initial inspection, which includes an understanding of the truck’s available payload capacity, body configuration and cab-to-axle length to accommodate the battery packs. After the inspection, retrofits can be completed in as little as two weeks.
HyPower™ retrofitted trucks come with the standard one-year warranty from the date of in-service on the system, the same as on new HyPower™ equipped units.
“Not only is the Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid System simple enough to be retrofitted onto existing utility vehicles,” says Cammisa, “but it is also durable enough to outlive its first vehicle and be used on another.”
For more information on Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid System retrofits, visit www.terexutilities.com.
Terex Utilities will be hosting a Terex® HyPower™ Service School at our Watertown plant July 10th – 12th. Twelve technicians from across the United States and Canada will attend the school, providing expanded HyPower™ Hybrid system support and service.
The school is designed to provide technicians with the skills needed to properly and safely, service these innovative fuel saving systems. During the school, the technicians will learn about the system components, proper operation, installation, and the use of diagnostic software designed to interface and troubleshoot the system. Technicians successfully completing this program will be considered a Level 2 HyPower™ technician.
Edmond Electric, the municipally-owned electric utility for Edmond, Oklahoma, recently added a Terex® HyPower™ bucket truck to their fleet and has been out in the field for nearly four months. Armed with utility vehicles of several kinds, the new bucket truck with hybrid technology is helping Edmond Electric lineman become efficient when it comes to day to day workloads.
The smooth and quiet operation when running the hybrid system has been a positive addition when utilizing the boom while performing maintenance and new construction for Edmond Electric’s distribution system. The crews are pleased with the performance of this truck. “We anticipated job efficiency to increase with the addition of the new hybrid truck, and it has. We’ve also realized the improvement of communication between crew members when we have guys on the ground and one in the bucket,” said Edmond Electric lineman Wes Bennett.
For normal battery charging, the unit is plugged into a standard, 110-volt outlet each night. The Terex® HyPower™ truck is also designed to allow the boom to operate while recharging the batteries in the field. If the batteries run low while the boom in in use, the engine automatically starts and begins charging without disturbing boom movement. Once charged, the engine automatically shuts off allowing the boom to resume operating off the batteries.
“Edmond Electric constantly looks at ways to utilize new technology in both our distribution systems as well as equipment. We are fortunate to have purchased a truck that not only maximizes our investment through environmental awareness but also through workflow processes,” said Director of Edmond Electric Glenn Fisher.