Fort Worth exploring EV, technology innovations for fleet

June 12, 2024

The city of Fort Worth’s Fleet Division will deploy a new line of fleet vocational trucks designed to improve city department operations. The fleet will feature innovative technologies to enhance fleet sustainability, efficiency and safety, including hybrid electric vehicles (EV) and equipment.

The Fleet Division has been exploring new options to optimize fleet performance, collaborating with vendors to determine which EVs will provide the most long-term benefits for the city. After participating in a January showcase for EV products, the Fleet Division began working on a mixer for Transportation and Public Works.

Once complete, the mixer will incorporate cutting-edge innovations that will increase vehicle efficiency, sustainability and operator comfort. The mixer will have an integrated dash display for quick function analysis and fully automated service reporting. While the vehicle doesn’t have collision avoidance technology yet, the mixer does include first phase testing of a body design that can support it.

“It is important for the City to be very calculated and strategic in our approach with assets and technology that we adopt,” said Brad Hunter, assistant director of Property Management-Fleet Division. “Our main objective is to the very mindful of the advanced technology that will eventually become a part of our daily, overall operations.”

The city has several meetings and demonstrations planned in 2025 before fully integrating hybrid technology and other innovations into its vocational fleet. The Fleet Division plans to expand into other emerging technologies, including operator safety systems, lane assistance, integrated geo-fencing and operator safety control systems that monitor usage, access and alerts.

Photo courtesy of the city of Fort Worth

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