Apex, North Carolina

A municipality in central North Carolina, the Town of Apex was awarded funding through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University to install three SmartPTO units on their fleet of bucket trucks and tree trimming trucks.


Apex performed routine work during the final fiscal quarter of 2019 with three SmartPTO units.
These were the results.

267 Hours

Idling Eliminated

467 Gallons

Diesel Saved

10,457 lbs

CO2 Avoided
  • Eric Neumann

    Electric Utlitlities Director
    “This technology has allowed us to significantly reduce engine operating times that has translated into large fuel savings! An even bigger benefit has been the reduction in noise levels around the base of the truck during working times that has significantly increase our ability to communicate from the bucket to the ground crews! “
  • Phillip Barnes

    Crew Leader, Trimming Activities
    “The battery powered PTO is to me one of the best safety tools, by taking out the roaring noise of the engine, it allows me to communicate with the crew around the truck. The communication with the bucket operator and the ground crew is amazing. Better communication greatly reduces incidents resulting from misunderstanding!”