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Fri July 22, 2011 - National Edition
Terex’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) system is now available for delivery.
Terex and a major utility fleet worked together to optimize a new, easy-to-implement PHEV system for the utility industry. This system makes it easier for all utility truck operators to “go green,” according to the company.
Like other hybrid systems on the market, Terex’s new PHEV vehicle provides the ability to operate the aerial lift without running the engine to save fuel, reduce emissions, and eliminate noise in residential areas. But it also offers advantages that are new to hybrids.
Terex’s hybrid system is self-contained and capable of working on virtually any stock chassis. Even old, faithful trucks that refuse to die can utilize this hybrid technology and drastically reduce fuel consumption. Because it doesn’t interface with the transmission, it won’t increase the engine load, reducing wear and tear and enabling fleet owners to use smaller, more fuel-efficient engines.
Recharging the Terex system after hours is the easiest in the industry. All it takes is a standard 110V, 20-amp outlet. This safe, simple and convenient solution recharges the system’s absorbent glass mat (AGM) battery in eight hours — making it easy to use standard off-peak grid power.
The simplicity of the Terex PHEV system makes it far easier for utility trucks to utilize environmentally friendly hybrid technology. The entire system functions independently — so the mechanical integrity of the truck remains intact. Standard, “off the shelf” components like the PTO and pump are time-tested, reliable and safe to provide operators with peace of mind. The separate motor generator adds to the simplicity and reduces the cost of the system, according to the company. Altogether, the system is expected to add between 1,500 and 2,000 lbs. (680 to 907 kg) of weight to the aerial device.
“Many hybrid vehicle technologies provide launch assist and interface with a transmission or chassis. These existing technologies add complexity that is better suited for public transportation or waste collection,” said Dan Brenden, Product Manager, Terex Utilities. “Terex Utilities designed this new plug-in technology from the bottom up, specifically for the utility vocation and its needs.”
For more information, visit www.terex.com.
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