Peterborough City Council has introduced two electric trucks to its recycling and waste fleet.
The two 26-tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide Low Entry Cab with CP Davidson Titan refuse collection bodies were supplied by RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) and form part of the council’s commitment to make all of its activities net zero by 2030, which includes replacing all council vehicles with low-carbon alternatives.
The new electric refuse collection vehicles (eRCVs) make collections that are transferred to Peterborough’s Energy from Waste plant at Fengate, where 85,000 tonnes of residential waste can be converted into electricity to power 16,000 homes.
The eRCVs are the first Renault Trucks to join the council’s 150-strong fleet and are expected to reduce emissions by 60% compared with the previous diesel vehicles they replace, based upon recharging from the National Grid standard mix.
Ian Spence, director of operations at Peterborough Limited, said: “These new Renault Trucks E-Tech eRCVs are the first step to a greener fleet for Peterborough City Council, delivering for our residents almost silently with zero tailpipe emissions.
“As we transition to a decarbonised fleet, our vehicles need to keep up with the demands of our operation, and the increased capacity of the Renault Trucks 94kW batteries makes the difference.”
Peterborough City Council’s two eRCVs are the first Renault Trucks in the UK to be fitted with four 94kW battery packs, which reportedly offer up to 40% more capacity, meaning they are better suited for the longer running times, multiple bin lifts and waste compaction demanded by the intensive refuse collection operation.
According to the council, the new vehicles are expected to cover 120km (74.6 miles) and make up to 1,300 bin lifts per day, over a 10-hour shift.
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