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MES gets hybrid electric-powered trucks
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McMinnville Electric System is one of several local power companies partnering with Tennessee Valley Authority to bring energy-efficient, hybrid electric-powered bucket trucks and light-duty trucks to its fleet.MES received one plug-in hybrid bucket truck, one plug-in derrick/digger truck, and two plug-in hybrid pickup trucks. The new trucks are funded in part by a grant from TVA, the Electric Power Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy. Hybrid trucks reduce emissions, as well as improve employee safety and reduce neighborhood noise by allowing the bucket boom to run almost silently on electricity when parked.