Electric Vehicles

Arizona Utility Replacing Aging Vehicles with Electrics

April 21, 2016

Arizona Public Service (APS) has implemented a new standard of replacing its fleet vehicles with electric alternatives, where economically feasible. 

APS says the conversion will take years but reduce emissions and fuel costs while providing the company with more efficient, longer-lasting and quieter vehicles

One specific advantage to plug-in hybrid electric bucket trucks is that they don't require engine idling to operate the lift, according to APS. Instead, those trucks' use of an on-demand electric motor reduces engine hours.

"Just as we’ve worked to modernize our grid and provide cleaner energy, we are now also modernizing our fleet — from sedans to bucket trucks — to reduce our carbon footprint," according to the company. "In addition to the environmental benefits, the fleet will be more efficient and last longer. Plus, our bucket trucks will operate more quietly which makes inspecting and repairing power lines safer for our linemen and less disruptive for our customers."

According to APS spokeswoman Jenna Shaver, many of the company's more than 2,100 vehicles are pickups, and replacement of those trucks will wait until electric plug-in versions are commercially available.

To learn more about how APS is helping to clear the air, one vehicle at a time, visit aps.com/next.

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