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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a hybrid crane

hybridcraneThe roadway structures group in SDOT (who maintains our bridges and overpasses, among other things) was one of the first groups in the state to add a hybrid truck in their fleet. When they did, the technology was new and unproven. The group worked with the truck manufacturers to meet their needs and specifications.

The crane operates on battery power; which means the truck does not need to idle (and pollute) to operate the crane. We have also retrofitted all of our trucks to have battery power to operate flashing lights and other equipment. This means they don’t need to idle too. We are seeing huge fuel and pollution savings with these trucks. The crews like them because they are quieter, put out fewer emissions, and they can stay out longer between fueling.Hybrid Crane Truck 018