An electric garbage truck is being trialled in Canberra’s streets and suburbs, as part of the ACT Government’s work to transition to a zero emissions fleet.
The two-week trial aims to provide an understanding of the features and benefits of using zero emissions technology for heavy commercial vehicles.
As part of the transition, 12 battery electric buses have already joined Transport Canberra’s fleet this year, with a further 90 e-buses on the way.
“Transport currently accounts for more than 60 per cent of our harmful emissions, so tackling climate change in ACT means we need to electrify private and public transport as soon as we can,” said Minister for Transport and City Services, Chris Steel.
The vehicle will be based at the government’s Allara St depot in Civic, which has already been fitted with charging infrastructure following an earlier electric tipper truck trial.
The electric garbage truck is a Bucher UR11 rear loader fitted to a Hino FE Sea drive chassis. The vehicle takes eight hours to fully charge and can achieve top speeds of 100 km/h.
“Zero emissions technology has advanced significantly for heavy vehicles, and we want to be ready to bring on new waste trucks to provide cleaner, quieter waste and recycling services to the Canberra community. This trial is another important step in that direction,” said Steel.
Darren Gear, regional sales manager Burcher Municipal NSW/ACT, said Bucher Municipal is pleased to be partnering with the ACT Government and Transport Canberra & City Services for a trial of our full electric waste compaction vehicle.”
“Our company believes in solving challenges with key partnerships through technology and we strive to develop new equipment that meet environmental outcomes for now and into the future.”
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