The president recently got a sneak peek at the world’s first plug-in hybridelectric utility truck with a power system developed by Eaton Corporation and the Electric Power Research Institute in Pomona, Calif., according to a press release on www.eaton.com.
The entire system can be recharged by plugging it into a standard 120- or 240-volt electrical outlet (provided you’re near one on the job), supplementing engine power and enough alternative juice to operate its traditional heavy-duty boom. And it’s estimated to boost fuel economy of up to 70%, compared to gas-only trucks.
This is the first of five trucks based on a Ford F-550 chassis that will be provided by Eaton, EPRI and Ford to public and private utility fleets.
Eaton’s client, Southern California Edison, commissioned the technology and operates the largest private fleet of electric vehicles in the nation, having driven more than 17 million miles on electric power.
No word yet on plans for a plug-in presidential limo service.