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Water-town based Terex Utilities has introduced the first all-electric bucket truck manufactured in the U.S. 

Initially, the trucks will be used by nine Terex customers, including utility company Xcel Energy, which does business in eight midwestern states, including South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota. These electric trucks are part of an effort to curb carbon emissions.  

“We’ve brought this to the market and into production two years ahead of industry projections for the first fully electric bucket truck” said Darryl Niven, vice president and general manager at Terex Utilities in Watertown  

The all-new electric bucket truck was unveiled at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Va. 

Xcel Energy received its first truck around the end of June. It’s part of the company’s goal of electrifying its light-duty vehicles and 30% of its medium and heavy-duty fleet by 2030, per the release. 

“We are thrilled to partner with Terex International in operating the first all-electric bucket truck in the United States and continuing to deliver on Xcel Energy’s industry-leading fleet electrification goals, which are a companion to our vision of providing 100% carbon-free electricity to our customers by 2050,” said Sangram Bhosale, Xcel vice president of supply chain 

The electric utility vehicles get roughly 135 miles per charge, which Niven is certain will improve as technology continues to evolve as the weight of the batteries is reduced. 

Terex has two manufacturing facilities, the Watertown location and another in Huron, which is currently being expanded. Terex also has 21 service and distribution centers around the country.