Xcel Energy to pilot electric bucket trucks

Xcel Energy, an electric utility that serves millions of customers in 8 Western and Midwestern states, plans to add all-electric bucket trucks to its vehicle fleet. Xcel Energy crews will use the zero-emission trucks to maintain the grid and respond to outages.

The truck, which is built by Terex Utilities and Navistar, features two electric power systems: one for the vehicle drivetrain and one for the lift mechanism. It has a 135-mile range and the ability to operate the bucket for a full workday on a single charge.

Xcel will roll out the first truck in the Twin Cities in late June, and the second will be delivered to its Denver fleet at the end of 2022. Xcel crews will use these trucks in real working conditions during a 6- to 12-month pilot. Their feedback will help the company prepare for its EV transition.

Xcel aims to electrify all its light-duty vehicles and 30% of its medium and heavy-duty fleet by 2030. The company currently has 1,000 aerial bucket trucks in its fleet.

“We’re proud to be the first energy company in the United States to add all-electric bucket trucks to our fleet,” said Bob Frenzel, CEO of Xcel Energy. “By adding these clean-energy vehicles to our fleet, Xcel Energy is demonstrating its commitment to becoming a net-zero energy provider for all our customers’ energy needs, while also helping shape the electrification of the truck industry, which complements our overall vision to provide 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050.”

Source: Xcel Energy