‘The Operating Costs Are Substantially Less’
BYD and Iowa’s Wayne Engineering have unveiled a battery-electric refuse truck they say could be a “game-changer for municipal waste management.”
The vehicle, with Wayne rear-loading body on a T7 chassis by BYD, is a technology demonstrator to be used for fleet trials.
“Both private haulers and municipal fleets will enjoy numerous benefits of this groundbreaking equipment,” states a release. “In addition to zero tailpipe emissions and greatly reduced noise pollution, the operating costs are substantially less due to savings from diesel fuel, fewer moving parts, and regenerative braking.”
“This truck represents a new era in waste management, one of the last remaining sectors untouched by green energy and electrification,” BYD America president Stella Li says in a release. The vehicle “will protect the environment while providing for a 58% reduction in operating costs per mile,” she said.
The 3.9-ton vehicle has 100 miles of range on a single two-and-a-half-hour charge, BYD says, allowing fleets to handle larger routes and distances between sites.
According to Li, it provide a chance “to finally make cleaning our neighborhoods a clean prospect in and of itself.”
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