New Tampa Electric bucket trucks appear white, but run green
The company has expanded its Green Fleet to include electric and natural gas-powered vehicles
TAMPA, December 6, 2012
Keeping with the company’s stellar record of environmental stewardship, Tampa Electric has expanded its Green Fleet with new battery-assisted bucket trucks that reduce use of diesel fuel and cause less noise disruption for customers.
With the 21 new bucket trucks, TECO Energy’s Green Fleet now numbers 65 alternative-fuel vehicles, including plug-in electric Chevy Volts and Nissan LEAFs, hybrid sport utility vehicles and natural gas-powered Honda Civics and Ford Fusions.
The vehicles support TECO Energy’s commitment to sustainable transportation. Since 2010, one in five fleet vehicles – 20 percent – that TECO Energy companies have purchased is considered “green.”
The new trucks – all Dodge 5500-series diesel bucket trucks – are equipped with advanced battery technology that eliminates the need for the trucks’ diesel engines to elevate the buckets. Instead, a 48-volt battery system elevates and controls the bucket. Without the diesel engine running, the truck will be less disruptive to customers when crews work at night.
Other benefits include reduced maintenance, greater fuel savings and lower emissions. The battery system can be charged from the truck’s engine or with a standard electrical outlet.
A focus on safety is another reason why the new trucks are important to Tampa Electric. Safety features on the truck include energy-efficient LED lighting and a rear camera to help the driver when backing up. The battery also can cool or heat the truck’s cab with the motor off – and can provide enough power for two outlets to be used for tools.
Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida, including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System . Tampa Electric serves nearly 676,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy’s other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia.