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DUECO Inc., in conjunction with Odyne Corp., is offering a Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV) digger derrick—an industry first. A common piece of equipment used to dig holes and set electric poles by utility companies, the Derrick PHEV reduces fuel consumption, eliminates on-site engine emissions, and on-site engine noise.

The plug-in hybrid derrick is mounted on a 2008 International medium-duty truck chassis, with a Terex Commander 4047. The hybrid system interfaces with an Allison automatic transmission, while the truck’s additional batteries power all boom hydraulic functions, including the auger and auxiliary climate control system.

We have eliminated any need for engine idle at a job worksite by powering the digger, electronics, hydraulics, and even our auxiliary A/C system through a large battery system.

—Joseph Dalum, DUECO vice president

The derrick PHEV is currently undergoing field evaluations.

When the truck returns to the garage at the end of a workday, it plugs into a charging station. The batteries recharge during off-peak hours using lower-cost electricity but can also recharge at any point, while idling or driving, with the conventional diesel engine. DUECO’s PHEV is complete with regenerative braking and launch assist to provide additional fuel efficiency, emission enhancements, and extended brake life.

In 2007, DUECO Inc. and Odyne Corp. introduced a PHEV medium-duty bucket truck. (Earlier post.)


Henry Gibson

Consider the ZEBRA battery, but it looks like Firefly might have cheaper costs. MES-DEA has not met the price predictions, but they might make more of an approach with the TH!NK in production. ..HG..

John Taylor

Corporations who actually do the cost analysis are now going to electric.

This more than anything says that the technical problems have been solved, and only political hurdles remain.

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