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Adelaide launches electric waste collection truck trial

The trial will enable the Australian city to investigate how feasible the electric vehicle is under actual operating conditions while maintaining a consistent and reliable service. 

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Trial will help the councils determine how to transition to EVs for waste collection
Trial will help the councils determine how to transition to EVs for waste collection

A trial of an electric waste collection truck is underway as part of a joint-council waste contract between City of Adelaide, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, City of Charles Sturt and City of Marion.

 

The trial aims to investigate how feasible the electric vehicle is under actual operating conditions while maintaining a consistent and reliable service. The trial will help the four councils determine how they might transition to electric waste collection trucks in the Australian city, as the technology matures.

 

Active duty

 

The truck used for the trial is a modified 2018 Dennis Eagle truck, with side loader. It is expected to run for 120 kilometres on active duty before needing to recharge. The truck will be charged overnight for approximately 10 hours and will take place at waste management services company Cleanaway’s depot in Port Adelaide.

 

Its actual driving range will depend on the terrain, number of stops and driving style. 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.

“This trial with the electric waste collection truck demonstrates our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint and carbon emissions”

Reported benefits of the trial include:

  • The truck emits zero greenhouse gas emissions from the tailpipe under actual operating conditions
  • The vehicle is quiet. If the trial is successful, it will significantly reduce noise, making early morning or late-night collections possible, which could help ease street congestion
  • Since the South Australia electricity grid now has more than 50 per cent renewable electricity supply, and is heading towards 100 per cent, the switch to electric vehicles is a key component of a low-carbon future.

“This trial with the electric waste collection truck demonstrates our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint and carbon emissions, helping us achieve our goal of ‘net zero’ by 2025,” said Angela Evans, mayor of City of Charles Sturt. “We are pleased to be partnering with like-minded councils on such a great initiative.”

 

Cleanaway was awarded $100m contract to service 168,000 households across four Adelaide councils. Reportedly one of the largest contracts of its type, under the terms Cleanaway will collect kerbside waste, recycling and organics bins from the councils of Adelaide, Charles Sturt, Marion and Port Adelaide Enfield for at least the next seven years.

 

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