Terex Utilities has unveiled the Optima 55 eMV, the industry’s first electric bucket truck on a Class 6/7 medium-duty chassis.
The truck made its debut in early June at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, held in Williamsburg, Virginia.
During this conference, the company also announced the first nine customers from across the US and Canada that will receive the new 55 ft electric Terex Optima aerial devices.
Terex has taken its Optima 55 ft aerial device, powered by the HyPowerTM SmartPTO by Viatec, and made it available on an International eMV Series battery electric 33,000 GVW chassis, from Navistar.
“By combining SmartPTO technology with the International electric chassis, Terex Utilities was able to bring this bucket truck solution to the electric utilities two years ahead of industry projections,” said Joe Caywood, director of marketing at Terex Utilities. “We are giving electric utilities a solution now to help meet their electrification and sustainability goals. Many utilities have sustainability goals with 50% electric achievement by 2025 and 100% electric by 2030. This solution can accelerate plans for electrification of their fleets.”
The Terex Optima 55 ft aerial, mounted on the International eMV Series, is a 60 ft working height aerial that can be used for electric distribution line work. It has a 135-mile driving range and the ability to operate the bucket for a full workday on a single charge.
“We have been working on green solutions for more than a decade,” said Caywood. “During that time, we have learned what works and what doesn’t. It’s exciting to see these investments come to fruition with an all-electric bucket truck that is robust and designed to meet the specific needs of utility applications.”
Coming to America
Terex Utilities has announced the first nine customers who will receive these new Terex Optima 55 ft aerial devices, powered by the HyPowerTM SmartPTO by Viatec and mounted on an International Class 6/7 Medium Duty electric chassis.
“Xcel Energy, which provides power to millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states, will take delivery of the first unit later this month,” said Joe Caywood, Director of Marketing and Product Management. “Many utilities are anxious to jump start their progress toward achieving sustainable fleets. The response from the market has been immediate, with Xcel Energy committing to the first.”
“Xcel Energy was one of the first energy companies to put forward a bold vision to electrify all its light-duty vehicles and 30% of its medium and heavy-duty fleet by 2030,” said Sangram Bhosale, Vice President of Supply Chain at Xcel Energy. “We are thrilled to partner with Terex-International in operating the first all-electric bucket truck in the United States and continuing to deliver on Xcel Energy’s industry-leading fleet electrification goals, which are a companion to our vision of providing 100% carbon-free electricity to our customers by 2050.”
“By combining SmartPTO technology with the International eMV Series electric chassis from Navistar, Terex Utilities was able to bring this electric bucket truck to customers two years ahead of industry projections,” said Caywood.
With a 135-mile (217 km) driving range and the ability to operate the bucket for a full workday on a single charge, the electric Terex Optima 55 with the International eMV Series truck is ideal for electric distribution line work, while making zero emissions at job site a reality.
“Navistar is committed to a zero-emission future, and we proudly support Terex in their leadership of electric vehicle adoption,” said Debbie Shust, Vice President, Medium Duty Truck Business, Navistar. “This partnership demonstrates the success of collaboration and technology integration to provide electric utility fleets a solution offering the highest level of expected performance while also helping customers meet their own established sustainability goals.”
Nine utility organizations of all sizes, representing investor-owned and municipal utilities, from across the US and Canada, made early commitments with orders prior to the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference.
Receiving units, along with Xcel Energy, will be Oncor Electric Company, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, CenterPoint Energy, PNM Resources, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Con Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and SaskPower.
According to Terex Utilities, the first 10 units will be delivered in 2022.