California’s getting its first all-electric garbage truck
Motiv Power Systems announced that its scalable and modular All-Electric Powertrain is powering California’s first all-electric, automated left-side loader garbage truck. The Class-8 vehicle will be built on a Crane Carrier chassis, and the body of the Electric Refuse Vehicle (ERV) hauling waste from Sacramento will be built by Loadmaster. Sacramento aims to run the ERV on residential and recycling routes to save as much as 6,000 gal (22,712 l) of fuel per year. The Sacramento ERV will be one of only two all-electric refuse trucks in operation within North America.
"The City of Sacramento has a very pro-active sustainability policy, showcased by being voted the #1 Government Green Fleet in North America in 2013. Reducing harmful vehicle emissions in the Sacramento region is a primary focus of our Sustainability Policy, and the most effective way to achieve that goal is to implement electric vehicles into our fleet," said Mark Stevens, Fleet Manager for the City of Sacramento. "We are excited to partner with Motiv Power Systems to design and build the first all-electric left-hand automated refuse truck in North America. The City of Sacramento intends to prove that all-electric refuse trucks are the future of the industry, and we anticipate igniting that trend."
The ERV was designed to meet Sacramento’s high standards for its refuse vehicles. This includes three routes per day to remove trash, recycling, and green waste in a downtown Sacramento neighborhood. To supply enough electricity to move the truck and power the hydraulics all day, the ERV is equipped with 10 battery packs, expandable to 12 packs if needed for future route expansion.
"The value of the City of Sacramento's zero-emission ERV goes beyond lower fuel and maintenance cost and strict payback," said Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. "Reducing the amount of diesel-fueled refuse trucks in the city keeps communities safer from toxic diesel emissions. And, in addition to being cleaner, it's a quieter alternative to conventional trucks—a definite plus for those of us who appreciate peaceful mornings!"
"At Loadmaster, our reputation for innovation sets us apart from our competition. We're thrilled to further this mission by working with Motiv on another all-electric refuse truck, and in fact, our first truck for Sacramento," said Al Michaud, National Sales Manager of Loadmaster. "Electric refuse trucks are the future of urban transportation, proving their worth both economically and environmentally. We look forward to moving even more fleets to make the same green transition."