Trial begins of the UK’s first fully electric refuse truck in the City of London
The trial of the UK’s first fully-electric refuse truck begins today in the City of London as part of an initiative to drive down air pollution in the Square Mile.
The 26-tonne truck, named Electra, runs on lithium-ion batteries, rather than diesel. It is designed for urban environments with short routes and can complete a full 10-hour shift.
The trial will last for two months in the Smithfield area of the Square Mile. The vehicle will also be trialled in two other UK cities later this year.
City Corporation refuse vehicles collect over 1,500 tonnes of household waste and more than 850 tonnes of recycling a year.
Jeremy Simons, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Environment Committee, said:
“This vehicle is the is the first vehicle in the UK that is a fully electric, low entry refuse collection vehicle. It’s fully electric, both for compression of the waste and for powering the vehicle, and crucially - no diesel emissions.
“Our ambition is to have a full fleet of clean refuse vehicles. We are taking responsibility for the cleanliness of all our vehicles, encouraging the use of low and zero emission models with our partners.
“It complements the work we are doing to help City businesses cut back on vehicle deliveries and use more hybrid models.”
Russell Markstein, Commercial Director of NRG Fleet Services said:
“We are excited about the Electra, having worked with the City Corporation in its development over the last 12 months.
“This truck can deliver zero emissions rubbish collection in the Square Mile and long term, it could be a big step forward.”
The trial is part of a wider fightback against air pollution in the Square Mile.
Its governing body, the City of London Corporation, works with businesses to improve air quality through its City Air Programme. In January, it launched a cargo bike delivery scheme to help City firms tackle toxic air by shifting deliveries from diesel vans to cargo bicycles.
It is pioneering a London-wide crackdown on drivers who leave their engines idling and its City Air app, which is used by 27,000 Londoners, gives users low pollution travel routes across the capital with advice and alerts when air pollution is high.
In 2016, the City Corporation agreed a deal with Addison Lee - London’s biggest private hire taxi firm - to automatically switch hybrid taxis to ‘electric mode’ in key areas of the Square Mile. It has banned the purchase of diesel vehicles from its own fleet of 300 vehicles, where there is a clean market alternative.
Carl Locsin, Media Officer, City of London Corporation
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