The importance of electric vehicles for waste management and street cleaning purposes for councils in Great Britain is growing.
Local authorities are responsible for ensuring their streets are clean and tidy. To that end, we have seen a number of councils put programmes together to ensure this is achieved efficiently.
The use of electric vehicles seems to be a cost effective way to ensure that not only streets are cleaned, but pollution targets are also hit. Only recently, Bristol Council has purchased all-electric vehicles to make streets “measurably cleaner by 2020,” and this seems to be a trend that many other councils committed to in order to improve waste management.
Already this year, councils across Britain have confirmed the use of electric vehicles; the City of London Corporation is one that is trialling an electric refuse vehicle as part of its initiative to reduce air pollution.
In this case, the vehicle runs on lithium-ion batteries and replaces diesel for the truck that is designed for urban environments.
The City of London Corporation says the truck is designed for shifts of up to 10 hours and the trial started in February.
The Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Environment Committee, Jeremy Simons, said: “This vehicle is the first of its kind. 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 our fleet and encouraging the use of low and zero emission vehicles with our partners.”
Sheffield City Council is another local authority to turn to electric vehicles for its waste management fleet, and Swansea Council introduced electric vehicles onto their roads late last year, with highways, facilities, and waste management departments all benefiting.