A trial of an electric waste collection truck has begun as part of a joint-council waste contract between Cleanaway and the Cities of Adelaide, Charles Sturt, Marion and PAE.
The trial will investigate the feasability of maintaining a consistent and reliable service of the electric vehicle under actual operating conditions.
The truck is ideally suited for general cleaning and maintenance tasks. It will quietly go about its job while avoiding up to 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually that would otherwise be released by a diesel equivalent.
This means it will significantly reduce noise, making early morning or late-night collections possible, which could help ease street congestion.
The truck is expected to run for 120 kilometres on active duty before needing to recharge for at Cleanaway’s depot in Port Adelaide. As well as charging from a power point, the truck captures energy from braking and stores it in a battery to power the electric motor.
The City of PAE is excited to partner in this trial for the collection of our communities kerbside bins. It’s another great collaboration between councils and industry for positive sustainability outcomes and reducing our carbon footprint.
To learn more about Waste & Recycling in the City of PAE, visit: www.cityofpae.sa.gov.au/live/waste-and-recycling