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 will aim to provide an understanding of the features and benefits of using zero emissions technology for heavy commercial vehicles
As part of the transition to a zero emissions fleet, 12 battery electric buses have joined Transport Canberra’s fleet this year. A further 90 electric buses are also slated to arrive in 2022.
The vehicle will be based at the at the ACT 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.
ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said the use of electric vehicles would help to reduce the environmental impact of transport in the region.
Transport currently accounts for more than 60 percent of our harmful emissions, so tackling climate change in ACT means we need to electrify private and public transport as soon as we can,” he said.
Darren Gear, regional sales manager Burcher Municipal NSW/ACT said Bucher Municipal was excited to be partnering with the ACT Government and Transport Canberra & City Services for the trial.
“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,” Gear said.