Fairport and N.Y. Power Authority
Partner to Create State's Largest Municipal Utility Electric Vehicle
Paul DeMichele, NYPA
February 25, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FAIRPORT—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President
and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel was joined today by
Fairport Mayor Frederick H. May to announce the addition of a
hybrid-electric bucket truck to the Village of Fairport’s already
impressive hybrid electric vehicle fleet. The innovative, heavy duty
vehicle, equipped with an aerial bucket body, will join six other
vehicles to create the largest municipal utility hybrid electric
vehicle fleet in New York State.
“The Village of Fairport has been one of NYPA’s
most valued municipal customers and through its participation in our
hybrid electric drive program, has assembled an impressive
collection of hybrid-electric vehicles,” said Kessel. “The Power
Authority program, together with the Village of Fairport’s efforts,
is in lockstep with Governor Paterson’s ambitious energy goals,
which will save taxpayer dollars and reduce harmful emissions.”
“NYPA has been a remarkable partner to the Village
of Fairport over the years,” said May. “Its electric drive program
has helped us to increase the amount of hybrid electric vehicles in
our fleet, reducing both cost and emissions. We are excited to
incorporate this energy-saving bucket truck into our fleet.”
The International® DuraStar® hybrid bucket truck is
among the first aerial hybrids in New York State. The truck utilizes
the Eaton Corporation’s Hybrid Electric Power 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. It
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.
In 2004, the Village of Fairport received a hybrid
electric Toyota Prius, its first vehicle in partnership with NYPA.
Since then, it has added two more Priuses and two Ford Escapes to
its collection. The vehicles are used for various administrative
purposes, including meter reading, and everyday transport of workers
in the field.
The vehicles are all part of the Municipal
Electric-Drive Vehicle Program, a $1.2 million loan-fund established
by NYPA to provide loans to municipal electric utility systems and
rural cooperatives seeking to purchase all-electric or hybrid
electric vehicles for their fleets.
NYPA’s clean transportation program has placed more
than 1,000 hybrid and all-electric vehicles in the fleets of
numerous public entities. Through this program, the Power Authority
has helped to avoid 4,615 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and
31,952 in barrels of oil.
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
Navistar International Corporation is a holding
company whose wholly owned subsidiaries produce International® brand
commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce™ brand diesel engines, IC
Bus brand school and commercial buses, and Workhorse® brand chassis
for motor homes and step vans. It also is a private-label designer
and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV
markets. The company also provides truck and diesel engine parts and
service. Another affiliate offers financing services.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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