NYPA Partners With Solvay to “Green” Its Vehicle
Village Adds a Hybrid Bucket Truck
That Will Help to Greatly Decrease Fuel Expenses
May 27, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOLVAY—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive
Officer Richard M. Kessel was joined today by Solvay Mayor Kathleen
Marinelli to announce the addition of a hybrid-electric bucket truck
to the Village’s already impressive hybrid electric vehicle fleet.
The innovative, heavy duty vehicle, equipped with an aerial bucket
body, will join four other vehicles making Solvay, the municipal
electric system with the second largest hybrid electric vehicle
fleet in New York State.
“The Village of Solvay should be commended for its commitment to
establishing a green fleet of vehicles,” said Kessel. “Reducing the
costs of fuel for municipalities will save taxpayer money, will help
to keep our environment clean and will advance Governor Paterson’s
ambitious clean energy goals.”
"The Village Board of Trustees and I have been avid supporters of
building a ‘Green Hybrid Fleet’ for the Village of Solvay Electric
Department,” said Solvay Mayor Kathleen Marinelli.
The International® DuraStar® hybrid bucket truck is among the first
aerial hybrids in New York State. The truck utilizes the Eaton
Corporations’ hybrid-electric drive system with an electric motor
that assists the MaxxForce diesel engine with supplemental torque
for up to 32 percent fuel economy gains in local haul applications.
The system stores energy during stopping, through a process called
regenerative braking, and then reuses it for acceleration. Fuel use,
emissions and noise are greatly reduced.
The hydraulic system that operates the aerial bucket has the
capability of a 60-foot vertical working height and is powered
primarily from the electric motor and battery pack. While in use,
the truck can remain silent and emission-free with the engine off
for approximately 90 minutes. The diesel engine needs to run for
only five minutes to recharge the batteries, at which point the
truck returns to full electric mode. By reducing engine idle time in
this way, the truck can achieve up to 80 percent in total fuel
savings. The amount of fuel saved depends on the number of hours the
aerial lift is operated.
As a result of the electric motor assistance, the truck’s diesel
engine was also downsized to 225 horsepower from the typical 285
horsepower commensurate with a 33,000-pound truck.
The Village of Solvay has aggressively pursued opportunities to
“green” its vehicle fleet. Earlier this spring, Solvay purchased a
2009 Ford Escape Hybrid through NYPA’s Municipal and Rural
Cooperative Electric Drive Vehicle Program that will save 27 percent
on fuel costs. In addition, the Village of Solvay has acquired,
with the assistance of NYPA, three Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid pickup
trucks. These vehicles are used by its electric department for
maintaining the system, inspections and other departmental
The vehicles are all part of the Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle
Program, a $3 million loan fund established by NYPA to provide loans
to municipal electric utilities and rural cooperatives seeking to
purchase all-electric or hybrid electric vehicles for their fleets.
In addition to zero-percent financing through this program, NYPA
provided a grant of $55,800 toward the total cost of the hybrid
NYPA’s clean transportation programs have placed more than 1,000
hybrid and all-electric vehicles in the fleets of numerous public
entities. Through these programs, the Power Authority has helped to
avoid 4,615 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and nearly 32,000
barrels of oil.
In addition to these vehicles, the Village of Solvay has purchased a
GEM vehicle, an all-electric plug-in vehicle, and also utilizes two
Honda Civic Hybrids for Village department functions such as meter
The Power Authority is a leader in promoting energy efficiency and
new energy technologies. NYPA is the nation’s largest state-owned
electric utility, with 18 generating plants and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines in various parts of the state.
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