Posts Tagged ‘Retrofit’

The Terex® HyPower™ team had a great day in Charlotte showcasing our Distribution Plug In Electric Hybrid to a crowd of 150.  Our partners at Parker SSD hosted a terrific event at their facility highlighting innovative technologies.

This event gave us a perfect forum to showcase the advantages of the HyPower™

  • Reduce Fuel Use: Each HyPower™ can save up to 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel yearly.
  • Cost Effective Retrofit: The system can be retrofitted efficiently onto existing vehicles.  This increases ROI and allows the rapid ‘Greening’ of fleets.
  • Reduce Pollution: Our fuel savings and recharging the vehicle using off peak power allows us to reduce up to 10.8 Tons of pollution per vehicle per year.
  • Reduce Noise: A job site without the noise of a diesel engine results in a huge reduction to environmental noise.
  • Increase Crew Efficiency: Workers using a HyPower™ spend less time refueling their vehicles and are able to communicate on the job site without engine noise.
  • Maximize Options: Our simple approach allowed us to develop a system which can be applied to a huge variety of chassis without reducing towing capacity.


    This is the 40th Earth Day and things have changed  since 1970.  The Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act literally altered the business landscape in the US.  These two laws also dramatically improved our quality of life.  Rivers no longer catch fire.  It’s reasonable to eat fish caught in most of North America.  You can sometimes see the mountains from downtown Los Angeles.

    I am old enough to remember the arguments against the Laws that brought these changes.  The economy was bad.  People feared that businesses would be made uncompetitive.  This was in 1972.  These were real concerns.

    Maybe we should look at reduced pollution as an investment.  Think about the improvements in air and water quality over the past 40 years .  Have we received a good return on our investment?

    Our Team was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the Tennessee Utility Fleet Maintenance Association’s annual meeting in Memphis this week.  We decided to bring our HyPower™ plug in electric Hybrid along for the ride.  Nick Camissa gave a great talk about the Green Fleeting options available from Terex and afterwards the UFMA attendees were able to have a first hand look at the HyPower™.

    We had another beautiful day working on the job site without using Diesel fuel.  Thank You UFMA!

    The Run for Clean Air is a combination of an air quality-awareness event for East Tennessee and a fundraiser for the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition.  The ETCFC is a part of Clean Cities which is a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.  Clean Cities has the goal of reducing the use of fossil fuels in vehicles.

    This year Terex was a proud sponsor of the event and a HyPower™ system Trouble Truck was on hand for the festivities.  The event was a big success with nearly a thousand participants.  The HyPower™ system worked throughout the morning without using a drop of diesel fuel.

    This week one of our Terex® HyPower™ plug in Hybrid systems was in Austin, Texas at the TEPC Conference.  It was a beautiful day in Austin.  The wildflowers were in bloom and the HyPower™ system was working without using its diesel engine.

    The difference between our HyPower™ system and the normal utility service truck is that when a HyPower™ system works on a job site it uses electric power to operate the systems.  This little HyPower™ system is capable of more than 2 hours of continuous usage without starting the engine of the truck.

    This type of HyPower™ system is called a Trouble Truck.  Trouble Trucks are designed for working  in and around residential areas where the quite operation of the HyPower is a huge benefit.  The picture to the right shows a HyPower™ system Trouble Truck relaxing in the Austin sunshine.

    Terex has designed a Hybrid that’s a little different.  It’s also a much better solution for our customers.  Our system is the HyPower™, a plug in electric Hybrid designed to meet the needs of the utilities industry.

    Our customers work at a site more often than they drive.  Normal utility trucks run their engines the entire time they work at the job site.  This means that most  fuel is used for site work.  We know our customers so we designed the HyPower™ system to work, not to drive.  

    The HyPower™ system is powerful but simple.  It is powerful enough to reduce or eliminate the use of the diesel engine while working at the job site.  It is simple enough to be retrofitted onto existing vehicles.


    FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (March 21, 2010) — Terex Utilities (Watertown, SD) won The Work Truck Show® Green Award for its HyPower™ Hybrid system at the Work Truck Show 2010. A panel of trade media editors selected the HyPower Hybrid system as the best new product that advances fuel utilization displayed at the Work Truck Show.

    The HyPower Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system that allows utility truck operators to save up to 1.5 gallons of fuel per hour. The system operates the truck’s aerial lift without running the engine to save fuel, reduce emissions and eliminate noise. Terex estimates that the HyPower Hybrid system can reduce diesel fuel usage by up to six gallons every work day. The HyPower system was designed specifically for the utility industry, where vehicles may remain stationary for several hours. It is self-contained, so it can be installed on virtually any chassis, including older trucks. It does not interface with the vehicle engine or transmission, reducing associated wear and tear. (more…)

    The HyPower™ system can create Green Collar jobs while reducing pollution and increasing energy independence.  The HyPower is manufactured, designed and installed in the US.  The manufacture and design of the system is the work of teams working in South Dakota and Ohio.  The simple, modular design of the system allows it to be retrofitted to existing Terex vehicle in more than 12 locations across the US.  All of these factors create and maintain high quality  green jobs across the country.


    We all make little choices each day which impact the environment in little ways.  Did I remember to bring the reusable bags to the grocery?  Some of these choices make sense financially too.  Did I turn off the lights when I left the house?  Is the thermostat set to the best temperature?

    Using the HyPower™ system for Utilities service work is one of the choices that we can make as a society.  We have to decide if offering incentives for systems like the HyPower™ system is worthwhile.  It might cost a bit more to save 10 tons of pollution annually but isn’t clean air worth it?

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