For Immediate Release
Utility Unveils Alternative-Fuel Vehicles, Including New Hybrid Bucket Truck
NEWARK, Del. - In order to reduce its carbon footprint, Delmarva Power unveiled Wednesday the latest addition to its hybrid fleet - a 43-foot hybrid bucket truck that will produce significantly less carbon emissions than the traditional diesel-fueled utility bucket truck.
The hybrid fleet investment is part of the company's Blueprint for the Future initiative, which includes converting its fleet to environmentally-friendly technologies. "Delmarva Power recognizes the energy and environmental challenges our nation faces and by investing in hybrid vehicles and biodiesel fuel for our fleet, we are reducing carbon emissions," said Hallie Reese, Vice President, Safety and Strategic Services.
The hybrid truck will produce significantly less emissions and help lower the company's fuel costs. The truck is equipped to operate the utility bucket in an electric-only mode with the engine off. This feature eliminates engine noise and significantly reduces emissions while workers maintain utility equipment.
The new hybrid bucket truck will be on display on Saturday at the Delaware Great Green Expo at The Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware.
"The hybrid bucket truck joins several other alternative-fuel vehicles which our company has purchased since we began our fleet conversion two years ago," Reese said. "The cleaner fleet, coupled with other pro-active steps, will go a long way toward achieving the longer-term goal of protecting our environment."
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .