Class 6 Collection Truck with Wayne for Los Angeles Demo
As New York City Sanitation Gets a Class 5 Battery Box Truck
BYD continues its push to bring fully battery electric vehicles to the vocational trucking sector. An all-battery Class 6 collection truck is be demonstrated for Los Angeles Sanitation this week, and a Class 5 vehicle, likewise 100% battery-electric and configured as a box truck, will be tested by DSNY, the New York City Department of Sanitation.
The Chinese manufacturer’s line of zero-emission trucks was unveiled at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach, Calif.
“Our trucks save you tons from lower costs in fuel and maintenance,” BYD says: “Fewer moving parts, more reliability, and environmentally friendly with a payback in only a few years… buying a BYD electric truck makes cents.”
‘They Want to See Trash Going Through it’
The battery electric collection truck with Wayne Engineering body was unveiled in the late fall (F&F, November 16).
The trial with the City of Los Angeles could last as long as three months, says Wayne Engineering, CEO Kevin Watje. “They want to try it,” he says of refuse operators – his potential customers.
“They want to see trash going through it,” Watje told F&F. “They won’t believe it until they try it on their trash.” After Los Angeles, BYD and Wayne will take the truck north, he says, all the way to Vancouver.
‘A New Era In Waste Management’
“This truck represents a new era in waste management,” BYD America president Stella Li said in a release, touting “a 58% reduction in operating costs per mile.”
“Only 10% of refuse trucks use any alternative fuel at all, pumping our neighborhoods full of expensive and dangerous diesel fumes – or worse, PM2.5 from CNG engines,” Li said.
‘Cleaning Our Neighborhoods A Clean Prospect’
“Many are particularly bad on greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter, harming the health of those around them,” she added. “This new 3.9 ton truck, which gets 100 miles of charge in just 2.5 hours, is the chance to finally make cleaning our neighborhoods a clean prospect in and of itself.”
Production versions of the new battery trash truck will have a 147.5-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack as compared to the 175-kilowatt-hour pack in the demonstrator, says BYD truck sales VP Andy Swanton. “Range will be 85 miles,” he told F&F, for the 24,578-GVWR vehicle, including compactor operation. Payload is 8,058 pounds.
Swanton further advises that BYD is updating the nomenclature of its battery trucks, replacing the “T” engineering designations with, for example, “BYD 6R” for the Class 6 battery refuse truck, replacing “T7 refuse.”
The BYF 5F (erstwhile T5) straight truck for DSNY will be used for such routine tasks as parts deliveries, says fleet manager Spiro Kattan.
DSNY operates nearly 60 service facilities supporting
- 2,230 collection trucks;
- 450 mechanical street sweepers;
- 275 specialized collection trucks;
- 689 salt/sand spreaders;
- 298 front end loaders; and
- 2,360 various other support vehicles.
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Source: BYD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up