#WPBgreen: West Palm Beach unveils first eco-friendly electric bucket truck
November 23, 2015
(West Palm Beach, FL) – In its latest move to practice what it preaches in leading efforts to make government more environmentally responsible, the City of West Palm Beach has started replacing its fleet of maintenance bucket trucks with new, eco-friendly hybrid bucket trucks.
Unlike older trucks that require the diesel engine to idle all day while the bucket is being used, new trucks use electricity and don’t require the engine to run at all while in use. You can shut down the engine as soon as you get to where you need to go, and operate the bucket using electricity.
According to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, just one hour of idling wastes approximately one gallon of diesel fuel, and spits out 19 pounds of green house gases into the air. These new trucks will eliminate all those emissions by allowing the engine to be shut off during operation.
“These trucks are just the latest example of how the City of West Palm Beach is serious about reducing its impact on our planet,” said Penni Redford, Sustainability Manager with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “Last year we implemented a no idling policy for many city vehicles, and the purchase of the hybrids is the latest extension of our commitment.”
Over the past year, that commitment has also included the replacement of the city’s fleet of diesel trolleys with new propane-powered vehicles. West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio also committed the city to replacing much of the city’s fleet of cars and trucks with vehicles that don’t use fossil fuels.