Con Edison Orders First-Of-Its-Kind All-Electric Utility Bucket Truck

It will be based on Lion Electric’s Lion8.

Con Edison (Consolidated Edison Company of New York) has announced that together with Canadian EV company Lion Electric and Posi-Plus, it is developing the U.S.’ first all-electric bucket truck.

The vehicle is expected to be unique, having a range of up to 130 miles (209 km) and being capable of performing the full range of work, including all-electric lift for lineworkers and equipment as high as 60 feet for construction, maintenance and repair work.

The base vehicle for the project will be the Lion8 with a 252 kWh battery pack and peak output of 350 kW and 3,400 Nm of torque. An interesting thing is that it will recharge in eight hours using two AC Level 2 stations, which suggests that the pack will be split in half when charging.

“The class 8 truck will be capable of putting in a full day’s work and traveling an estimated 130 miles on a single charge. When not in service, it will top off its batteries in about eight hours using two Level 2 chargers.”

The electric bucket truck for Con Edison will be delivered in early 2022 and initially used in a pilot program. Once proven successful, the bucket truck will be integrated as part of Con Edison’s fleet of trucks that maintains the overhead electric system in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y.

The stake for Lion Electric and Posi-Plus is high, as Con Edison has more than 300 bucket trucks that could be gradually replaced. There are also multiple other utilities that will look for an alternative to diesel.

Con Edison Chief Executive Officer Tim Cawley said:

“Medium- and heavy-duty trucks are more challenging to electrify than cars, but the purchase of our first all-electric bucket truck shows the market is real today and it will only accelerate from here. While initially small in scope, this represents an important step in Con Edison’s journey toward fleet electrification.” 

“We are all in on electric vehicles,” Cawley added, “and that means transitioning our own fleet while making it easier for our customers to charge up their own vehicles.”

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