MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Xcel Energy announced Tuesday that its crews will be using all-electric rigids.
Xcel says it is the first energy company in the country to do so.
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Crews in the Twin Cities will begin operating the trucks at the end of June during a 6-12 month trial period.
In a press release, Xcel Energy Chairman, President and CEO Bob Frenzel said adding its fleet of electric trucks contributes to the company’s goal of delivering 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 and to its vision of achieving 1,200 by 2030. to power 5 million electric vehicles.
“By adding these clean energy vehicles to our fleet, Xcel Energy demonstrates its commitment to lead the clean energy transition by becoming a zero-energy supplier for all of our customers’ energy needs,” said Frenzel.
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The vehicle has two electrical sources: one for the powertrain and the other for the lifting mechanism. The new trucks have a range of 135 miles on a single charge and can operate the bucket for an entire working day.
The zero-emission truck uses technology from Terex Utilities and Navistar and is two years ahead of industry projections, Xcel said.
Xcel Energy currently has 1,000 aerial work platforms.
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The new vehicle was unveiled Monday in Williamsburg, Virginia at the Electric Utility Fleet Manager’s Conference.