Alectra Utilities added an International eMV all-electric double bucket truck to its fleet as part of the company's commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The EV will be used by powerline technicians in day-to-day overhead line maintenance operations.
"The addition of our first fully electric bucket truck marks a significant step towards electrification," said Chris Hudson, SVP of network operations, Alectra Utilities. "Integrating this cutting-edge vehicle into our fleet is part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and fostering a cleaner energy future."Read more: Toronto Hydro adds first fully electric bucket truck
Alectra's Operations team will integrate the electric vehicle bucket truck into its fleet over the next nine months as part of a pilot program. The truck will rotate between three of Alectra's largest service centers in Markham, Hamilton, and Brampton in Ontario. The program aims to evaluate the practicality and potential of this vehicle for future deployment. Based on the average annual Canadian vehicle emissions, adding this EV bucket truck is equivalent to removing approximately two average passenger vehicles off the road.
Alectra's commitment to sustainability initiatives extends beyond the all-electric bucket truck. The fleet expansion also includes the integration of three Ford E-Transits and four Plug-In Hybrid Ford Escapes into its field operations.
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