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Terex Utilities will feature its latest innovation in the HyPower Hybrid System for aerial devices at the TechAdvantage 2017 trade show, Feb. 26-Mar. 1, in San Diego, Calif.

“HyPower IM, an idle-mitigation solution, provides a reliable, cost-effective way for electric cooperatives to meet their green fleet initiatives,” said Joe Caywood, director of marketing.

The patent-pending, lighter-weight, design reduces fuel use and exhaust emissions at a lower price than other hybrid systems.

“The potential annual fuel savings is estimated to be about 1,500 gallons per unit, with an investment cost approximately one-third less than current competitive hybrid systems," said Caywood. "Those two benefits add up to a great value for our customers.”

In addition, HyPower IM can potentially eliminate up to 12 tons of CO2 annually per unit with the cab comfort and boom integration.

“We listened to electric cooperative fleet and operations managers when designing HyPower IM to make it efficient and operator-friendly,” said Tyler Henderson, product development manager.

HyPower IM automatically switches from battery power when the truck is idling to engine power when hydraulic controls are engaged.

Workers need not remember to engage the system to gain the benefit of using the battery-power system. It is integrated into the unit. Also, the system can heat or cool the truck cab without the engine running.

Terex Utilities research shows that throughout an eight-hour work day, the hydraulic controls for a typical trouble truck's aerial device are engaged for a total of about one hour.

The system uses engine power only during the brief times the boom is being moved. The transition from battery power to engine power is seamless and there is no lag in hydraulic response.

The HyPower IM design also features a best-in-class overall system weight, which helps chassis selection and payload capacity.

Retrofittable

HyPower IM can be ordered with new Terex aerial devices or retrofitted on existing fleets that use Terex aerial devices.

It is currently available for Class 5 chassis, such as Ford, Dodge, and GM trucks, used with Terex Hi-Ranger telescopic aerial devices, such as the LT, LTM, and TL series aerial devices.

It will be displayed in booth 1217 at TechAdvantage on an LT40 Hi-Ranger articulating telescopic aerial device. The HyPower IM LT40 also features 45.6-ft. working height, 26.6-ft. horizontal reach, and 400-lb. platform capacity.

HyPower IM is a 48V lithium-ion battery system that charges either from a standard 120V electrical outlet or from the truck engine's 12V alternator during road travel.

HyPower IM uses fewer, higher-efficiency batteries than other hybrid systems. That decreases the overall vehicle weight, which provides extra payload capacity while allowing maximum fuel efficiency.