DALLAS – Oncor is bringing two new vehicles to Jacksonville as part of the company’s mission to provide safe, reliable and clean energy to its customers. Jacksonville serves as a hub for Oncor customer service efforts across the area.
“Ensuring that our customers have reliable electrical service and our workers are safe requires vehicles that are dependable day after day and outfitted with the latest equipment that’s essential to doing our job,” said Derek Hoopman, manager of Oncor’s fleet across North Texas.
In Jacksonville, Oncor is updating its fleet with two new vehicles, including a new 37-foot
Oncor closely monitors the condition of its field vehicles and then replaces them about every five to seven years, Hoopman said.
“These vehicles are built to handle a lot of long hours and thousands of miles in all kinds of conditions,” he said. “But we keep track of their condition because safety is always a priority for Oncor. That applies to all of the work we do and to all of our vehicles.”
This year, Oncor is replacing about 300 vehicles across its service area. Nearly half of those new vehicles will be the 37-foot bucket truck, the Oncor vehicle familiar to most people, Hoopman said.
“These are the work horses in the communities we serve,” Hoopman said. “They are out there making sure that our customers have electricity.”
The new 37-foot bucket trucks are Chevrolet 6500 trucks that have been “upfitted” with a custom-made body or back half and a boom that lifts the bucket.
“Our employees can put a lot of miles on these vehicles in a short amount of time,” he said. “Whether we’re upgrading our network facilities or responding to storm-related outages, these bucket trucks are usually on the job.”
One change to the new trucks is the addition of blue flashing lights. Hoopman said a new state rule lets Oncor use the blue lights, which should increase awareness of the vehicles and improve safety for employees.
Headquartered in Dallas, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC is a regulated electricity distribution and transmission business that uses superior asset management skills to provide reliable electricity delivery to consumers. Oncor (together with its subsidiaries) operates the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas, delivering power to more than 3.6 million homes and businesses and operating more than 138,500 miles of transmission and distribution lines in Texas. While Oncor is owned by two investors (indirect majority owner, Sempra Energy, and minority owner, Texas Transmission Investment LLC), Oncor is managed by its Board of Directors, which is comprised of a majority of disinterested directors.