One Fleet's Journey to EVs, Part 4

May 17, 2024
What's the plan if the grid goes down?

Manatee County, Florida, a five-time Construction Equipment and AEMP Fleet Masters winner, has begun its EV journey with Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickups.  

In this series, senior editor Frank Raczon explores the county's electric acquisitions, applications, measurement, maintenance, and more, with fleet manager Matt Case, CEM.

Part 4 covers the county's preparations in the event the grid goes down, and Case discusses electric earthmovers and heavier trucks.

Truck editor Tom Berg evaluates the Lightning after his test drive.

In Part 3, Case revealed the county's PM strategy along with discussing findings on tire wear, a potential concern with EVs.

Part 2: Will the county order more electric pickups? What about the Tesla Cybertruck? Case also talked about what the public thinks.

Part 1 of the series talked about acquisition, acceptance, and the county's method for tracking performance.

About the Author

Frank Raczon

Raczon’s writing career spans nearly 25 years, including magazine publishing and public relations work with some of the industry’s major equipment manufacturers. He has won numerous awards in his career, including nods from the Construction Writers Association, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and BtoB magazine. He is responsible for the magazine's Buying Files.