READING PA – Metropolitan Edison, the electric utility that serves a portion of Lower Pottsgrove Township, said Tuesday it was investing nearly $16 million in 140 new vehicles for line crews and other front-line service employees across its service territory.
The new vehicles replace others more than a decade old. More than half of the new vehicles will be bucket and digger derrick trucks expected to enhance the safety of crews in the field and help employees deliver quality service to customers.
“The new trucks bring with them advanced technology that includes enhanced hydraulics to better handle heavy materials, and more robust lighting to help create an even safer work area during night operations,” said Mike Doran, Met-Ed regional president. “These new vehicles also are better for the environment, because they are more fuel-efficient, (and) some with significantly lower emissions.”
The new vehicles are part of a $110 million investment in vehicles being made by Med-Ed’s parent company, FirstEnergy Corp. About 850 vehicles are expected to be acquired company-wide before the end of the year.
Photo from FirstEnergy Corp.