TransPower, which was awarded a grant of nearly $9 million by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for new electric truck and tractor demonstration projects throughout the state of California, is responsible “ElecTruck” technology. It is expected that these EV refuse trucks that will operate in neighborhoods will also lift and collect trash more quietly. The County anticipates receiving the electric vehicles by 2016.
The diesel fuel costs for these EV refuse trucks will be eliminated. Also, the emission levels from diesel refuse trucks are significant and a big factor to think about, but with EV refuse trucks there are zero emissions during operation.
The County Department of Waste Management and Recycling will operate the two demonstration refuse trucks daily and already has a fleet that runs on either LNG or CNG to reduce cost and harm to the environment.
It’s also important to note that because this is part of a pilot to demonstrate the trucks, the cost to the County is nil. In fact, the first two years are free; the County will only need to provide TransPower with an accounting of operating expenses. Afterward, the County can buy or lease the trucks at substantially less than their actual cost.
Source: Sacramento County.