Waukesha, Wis.—Milwaukee County held a press conference at Rainbow Park in West Allis, Wis., showcasing four new bucket trucks featuring Odyne Hybrid Systems that were built by DUECO Inc. of Waukesha. Milwaukee County Executive, Chris Abele, noted the smart investment in new technology, partially funded by the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program, will help reduce fuel costs up to 50 percent and reduce emissions. He noted it as an example of a smart business decision in light of gas prices. David Jenkins, Director of Commercialization and Market Development for the Wisconsin Department of Administration State Energy Office noted that his department was pleased to support the purchase of these trucks, through the Clean Transportation Program, citing it as a great example of where the state supports local decision-making. Frank Busalacchi, Director, Milwaukee County Department of Transportation, noted the County was pleased to work with Odyne Systems, a local area company, to bring the advances of hybrid power to the County fleet. The bucket trucks, the first hybrid trucks for the County, are being used to maintain traffic signals and street lighting.
The vehicles feature the first Odyne hybrid systems installed on Kenworth truck chassis and are the first to power Venturo corner mount cranes, which will be used in lifting lighting into place. The trucks feature fiberglass bodies and Terex TL60 aerial buckets, recognized for their stability.
The Odyne plug-in hybrid systems will lower fuel consumption by up to 50 percent, depending on duty cycle, or up to 1750 gallons per truck annually. The trucks operate with zero or significantly lower emissions at the job site and provide quiet operation, for safer working conditions and a neighborhood friendly environment. Odyne hybrid systems are modular and can be applied and retrofitted to a wide range of work vehicles.
Odyne is a leader in hybrid drive systems for medium and heavy duty vehicles. Odyne’s advanced plug-in hybrid technology enables trucks over 14,000 pounds to have substantially lower fuel consumption, lower emissions, improved performance, quieter job site operation and reduced operating and maintenance costs. Odyne has fielded more plug-in hybrid trucks to fleets throughout the United States than any other supplier. The company sells its modular hybrid system for new and retrofit applications direct to truck manufacturers and through a global distribution and service network.
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