Lucas Tree experts often work with utility providers to restore power after major storms.
Lucas’ fleet comprises 400 vehicles and nearly 500 trailers and other pieces of equipment attached to the trucks. The equipment allows the company to expedite restoration efforts after major storms.
Lucas’ fleet consists of hybrid electric bucket trucks, off-road trucks, chippers, aerial lifts, trimmers and side buckets. All the company’s chippers include telematics software.
Since the company’s drivers are always on the move, Lucas’ trucks don’t park at one particular garage or facility. Every month or so, Batson explained, they move to a different staging area or park at different gas stations, garages and independent substations. The company uses telematics to keep the fleet centralized.
What makes Lucas stand out from other fleets is its drivers not only carry their commercial driver’s licenses, but they’re certified arborists, too. “Twenty years ago, our guys wouldn’t consider themselves as driving commercial trucks, they were arborists,” Batson told Fleet Owner. “Now they consider themselves arborists who drive commercial trucks.”
Lucas’ fleet includes hybrid electric bucket trucks, off-road trucks, chippers, aerial lifts, trimmers and side buckets.
Much of Lucas’ work comes from utility companies and getting called in to restore services during and after major storms. Telogis, Batson said, improved the process for expediting restoration efforts after a storm.
Some of the trucks in Lucas’ fleet parked before going out to restore power during a storm.
Lucas Tree Experts workers clear branches from a roadway after a major winter storm.