NEW YORK CITY – Con Edison’s has developed a more powerful vehicle that pulls 13,000- and 27,000-volt cable more quickly and safely, reducing the time streets are closed for construction work, according to the Web site www.CNNMoney.com. The company’s automotive engineering department teamed up with Dejana Utility Trucks of Long Island, N.Y., to launch a new model for a stronger and more efficient cable truck.
The 21st century vehicle uses the most advanced technology available, including a 70-percent reduction in hydraulic fluid by incorporating a forced-air-cooled hydraulic tank and a variable-displacement pressure-compensating pump to help create an environmentally friendly vehicle.
The new truck features wireless remote controls, giving the operator an unobstructed view between the truck and manhole, making the operation safer.
In addition, the newly designed vehicle has more pulling capacity and force (12,000 pounds for the old truck versus 20,000 pounds for the new), making it easier to bring the older cable out from underneath the street. It also can be more easily aligned with the manhole where the cable is to be pulled.