Cox Communications New England recently added the Navistar Hybrid Bucket Truck to its environmentally friendly fleet.

These hybrid trucks provide potential fuel savings of nearly 60 percent in utility-type applications when the engine is shut off and electric power still operates the vehicle. Diesel emissions are completely eliminated when the hybrid truck operates equipment such as overhead utility booms solely on the truck's battery power, instead of having the engine run.

The Hybrid Truck Users Forum estimates that 1,000-1,500 gallons of fuel can be saved per utility-type truck annually. It also results in annual greenhouse gas reductions of 11 to 16.5 tons per unit.

Cox is transitioning its fleet to lessen its impact on the environment by using flex-fuel vehicles and replacing existing vehicles with more fuel- efficient and/or hybrid models. Cox New England has added 13 hybrid Ford Escapes to its fleet since 2007, saving over 2,200 gallons of fuel and 31 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the environment.

The transition to a hybrid fleet underpins Cox Conserves, a corporate program that includes the company's six major subsidiaries, encouraging environmentally-conscious practices to reduce energy consumption and promote sustainability.