Resource management company Veolia is to trial electric Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCV) charged by power from the waste they have collected.
The project in Sheffield will see two 26 tonne RCVs converted from diesel to electric power in a scheme to accelerate the transition to zero emission heavy goods vehicles.
These vehicles in the future are set to be charged using the electricity generated from the non-recyclable household waste that fuels the city’s Energy Recovery Facility, a world first said Veolia.
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Converting the RCV is an effective way to extend the life of an existing vehicle by changing the diesel engine for electric power.
This project is backed by a grant from the Innovation Funding Service (Innovate UK) which will allow two repowered RCV to be trialled over the next two years and will be powerful enough to negotiate 25% gradients on hills.
The lorries are expected to be operational by the end of the year, with an additional two RCVs to be used in trials in London.
According to Veolia, the five new lorries will save 78 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the environment annually.
Veolia UK fleet director Gary Clark said: “This project highlights Veolia’s strong commitment to clean air initiatives as we look to improve the environment in our cities. By working closely with our customers to deliver fleet solutions that lower emissions we help them ensure they deliver real value for money, and limit costs for local tax payers.
“By recharging the vehicles from the Energy Recovery Facility this approach also show how local authorities and the public sector can drive sustainability and use green energy to address their environmental challenges.”