Terex Receives Grant from CEC for HyPower Hybrid Retrofit Project

Terex and its HyPower Hybrid System are helping the California Energy Commission (CEC)  clean up utility fleets throughout the state. The CEC recently announced approval of nearly $500,000 in funds for a California Terex HyPower Hybrid retrofit project. The project, scheduled to be completed in January 2012, will retrofit 12 medium- and heavy-duty utility service vehicles with the Terex HyPower Hybrid System. The HyPower technology can significantly reduce vehicle fuel consumption, lower engine emissions and minimize noise pollution when installed on utility service vehicles.
In collaboration with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and CALSTART, the Terex HyPower Hybrid Project is aligned with the goals of the CEC AB 118 program, which seeks to advance medium- and heavy-duty vehicle technologies in order to significantly reduce the demand for petroleum fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. The goal of this project is to demonstrate that vehicle fleets can transition to the HyPower Hybrid technology at a faster rate and with a much lower initial capital investment by retrofitting existing service vehicles rather than purchasing new ones.
“We are pleased to partner with the CEC, PG&E and CALSTART to move forward with the Terex HyPower Hybrid Project,” says Joe Caywood, marketing manager, Terex Utilities. “This retrofit project will make a significant impact in ‘greening’ service vehicle fleets quickly and efficiently. A primary benefit of the HyPower System is fuel savings. Immediate benefits of the Terex HyPower Hybrid system are reduced fuel consumption (600-1,000 gallons per year per vehicle) lowered CO2 emissions (6-10 metric tons per year per vehicle) and reduced worksite noise pollution.
The Terex HyPower Hybrid System employs rechargeable batteries to provide power for aerial boom operation, cabin heating and air conditioning, as well as worksite lighting — virtually eliminating long stretches of engine run time. The Terex hybrid technology replaces fuel consumption used when idling with stored electric energy. The HyPower System utilizes a standard electrical connection (110-V outlet) for recharging batteries, which enables service truck operators to use the electrical power grid as a primary recharging source.
“With the HyPower Hybrid System, Terex has not only paved the way for utility companies to ‘green’ their service vehicle fleets, but we’ve also created a technology that is easily transferrable to a vast number of other vehicles that operate auxiliary devices using standard power take-off (PTO),” says Caywood. “Hydraulically operated devices that use this technology could include garbage compactors on sanitation vehicles, winches on tow trucks and lifts on delivery trucks.”
A longer term benefit of this technology: The Terex HyPower Hybrid Project will create and sustain full-time and temporary manufacturing and service positions in California. The Terex Sacramento Service Center will be the first center to train and support green professionals who install and utilize the HyPower System.  
The CEC grant for the Terex HyPower Hybrid Project matches an additional $2.4 million in private funds and in-kind contributions from PG&E and Terex. For more information about the CEC AB 118 program, visit: http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/PON-09-004_NOPA_rev.pdf

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