Utility Fleet Managers Report on Hybrid Trucks

Utility truck

Light & Medium Truck - July 31, 2011

Dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at the recent 2011 Elec­tric Util­i­ty Fleet Man­agers Con­fer­ence, fleet man­agers dis­cussed their expe­ri­ence with putting medi­um-duty diesel-elec­tric hybrid trucks into full-time day-to-day work. Bet­ter fuel econ­o­my and sig­nif­i­cant down­turn in engine idling time were report­ed by Duke Ener­gy on their 2009 mod­el year hybrids. Ser­vice work for hybrids takes longer than expect­ed because of the need to find expe­ri­enced sup­port. Pacif­ic Gas & Elec­tric, with 3500 pick­up trucks, is re-eval­u­at­ing the busi­ness case for hybrids. PG&E uses an elec­tric-vehi­cle research cen­ter to val­i­date dif­fer­ent alter­na­tive tech­nolo­gies. Flori­da Pow­er & Light has 21 hybrid line trucks and a total of 364 hybrid vehi­cles, trim­ming total fuel use by 10% from 2006 to 2010.