Pacific Gas and Electric Co. engineers in Davis have earned a company award for designing a system that allows a work truck’s equipment, including its bucket, to be operated electronically — avoiding the carbon emissions and wasted fuel from an idling engine.
The utility plans to use hundreds of these bucket trucks, which use a battery system to provide power. Altec Industries is building the work trucks for PG&E and other utilities at its green-fleet vehicle assembly facility in Dixon.
Brian Voyles, a PG&E fleet engineer, and his Transportation Services Engineering team received a $5,000 prize with the award, which they will donate to the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities. The federal program provides PG&E and other fleets with information about clean vehicle technology grants and programs. PG&E employees also have served on the board of DOE Clean Cities.
“By selecting this organization, we are also helping to support PG&E environmental goals,” Voyles said.
PG&E presents the Richard A. Clarke Environmental Leadership Award each year to employees whose efforts demonstrate exceptional environmental leadership. Part of the award is a $5,000 grant for the nonprofit of the honored employees’ choice.