DUECO, Inc. Unveils Plug-In Hybrid Digger Derrick

DUECO, a final-stage manufacturer of aerial lifts and digger derricks has unveiled the nation's first digger derrick hybrid.

Waukesha, WI, September 18, 2008 --(PR.com)-- DUECO Inc., in conjunction with Odyne Corp., is the first to offer a Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV) digger derrick. A common piece of equipment used to dig holes and set electric poles by utility companies, the Derrick PHEV reduces fuel consumption, eliminates onsite engine emissions, and onsite engine noise.

The first plug-in hybrid derrick is mounted on a 2008 International medium duty truck chassis, with a Terex Commander 4047. This hybrid system is the only one on the market that interfaces with an Allison automatic transmission, while the truck’s additional batteries power all boom hydraulic functions, including the auger and auxiliary climate control system. “We have eliminated any need for engine idle at a job worksite by powering the digger, electronics, hydraulics, and even our auxiliary A/C system through a large battery system.” states DUECO Vice President Joseph Dalum. The derrick PHEV is currently undergoing field evaluations.

When the truck returns to the garage at the end of a workday, it plugs into a charging station. The batteries recharge during off-peak hours using lower-cost electricity but can also recharge at any point, while idling or driving, with the conventional diesel engine. A true hybrid, DUECO’s PHEV is complete with regenerative braking and launch assist to provide additional fuel efficiency, emission enhancements, and extended brake life. These additional features provided by the PHEV offer greater benefits than just an idle reduction system.

According to Dalum, utility companies value the opportunity to utilize their own low-cost, off-peak grid power to charge the vehicles overnight, while creating a safer and healthier environment for their employees and the community.

In 2007, DUECO Inc. and ODYNE Corp. unveiled a Plug-in Hybrid medium duty bucket truck. Thanks to this environmentally sound technology, the engine to idle at a jobsite.

Specializing in the final stage manufacturing of aerial lifts, digger derricks, cranes, and custom bodies, DUECO can also provide trailers, mini-diggers, cable placers, parts, and service. Family owned and operated for more than 50 years, DUECO’s philosophy of teamwork, integrity, and open communication with customers and employees help ensure high quality equipment at the best value.

With headquarters in the Metro Milwaukee area, DUECO has six full service facilities, serving customers in fifteen states. To learn more about DUECO and what the company can offer please call them at 800-558-4004 or visit them on the web at www.dueco.com.

Sarah Meekma