Continuing its transition to a more environmentally friendly fleet, Cox Enterprises announced the addition of nine International Durastar Hybrid Bucket Trucks.
The hybrid trucks from Navistar provide potential fuel savings of nearly 60 percent in utility-type applications when the engine is shut off and electric power still operates the vehicle. Diesel emissions are completely eliminated when the hybrid truck operates equipment such as overhead utility booms solely on the truck's battery power, instead of requiring the engine to run.
Cox's fleet includes more than 15,000 vehicles -- of which 257 are hybrids and 1,400 are capable of running on bio-diesel.
"At Cox, we're exploring all options to lessen our reliance on traditional petroleum resources," said Mike Mannheimer, vice president and chief procurement officer, Cox Enterprises. "Through our Cox Conserves program, we are actively reducing our company's carbon footprint, and these trucks are part of the larger solution. Not only are they better for the environment, but they also reduce our overall fuel costs."