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Motiv and BYD for Battery Trash Trucks

June 13, 2017 in batteries, EVs, Fleet Order, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Motiv Adds Sacramento to Pioneering Chicago,
As BYD Reports Successful Wrap of Wayne Tests

The all-electric vehicle specialists Motiv Power Systems and BYD have reported progress with their development of fully battery-powered refuse trucks.

CAD image of the Crane Carrier chassis for the 100% battery-electric Motiv ERV for Sacramento



Motiv is announcing today that a second electric refuse vehicle is being deployed in Sacramento, following on two years of service by a Motiv ERV in Chicago (F&F, September 16, 2014).

BYD said last week that it has successfully concluded a trial of its Class 6 refuse truck with the Los Angeles Department of Sanitation and body supplier Wayne Engineering (F&F, January 23).

‘Leading the Way’

Motiv says that it’s “leading the way for cleaner fleets in California, [as] the City of Sacramento will soon be home to the State’s first all-electric automated left-side loader garbage truck.”

The Class 8 vehicle is built on a Crane Carrier chassis, with Loadmaster refuse body.

“The City of Sacramento aims to run the ERV on residential and recycling routes and expects to save as much as 6,000 gallons of fuel per year,” Motiv says. The truck will be deployed with ten battery packs, “expandable to 12 packs if needed for future route expansion.”

‘All-Electric Refuse Trucks Are the Future’

“The Sacramento ERV will be one of only two all-electric refuse trucks in operation within North America, both powered by Motiv,” Motiv says.

Motiv’s first fully battery-electric, fully functional garbage truck was unveiled in Chicago (F&F, September 16, 2014).

“Reducing harmful vehicle emissions in the Sacramento region is a primary focus of our Sustainability Policy, and the most effective way to achieve that goal is to implement electric vehicles into our fleet,” City of Sacramento fleet manager Mark Stevens says in the Motiv release. “The City of Sacramento intends to prove that all-electric refuse trucks are the future of the industry, and we anticipate igniting that trend.”

Sacramento specified that the ERV be able to handle three routes per day to remove trash, recycling and green waste in a downtown Sacramento neighborhood.

As with the Motiv-drive battery refuse truck in Chicago, the ERV for Sacramento is powered by nickel batteries from Switzerland’s FZSoNick (aka Fiamm). The firm established FZSoNick, Inc. as U.S. a sales center in Elgin, lll. last year (F&F, August 23).

‘Beyond Strict Payback’

“The value of the City of Sacramento’s zero-emission ERV goes beyond lower fuel and maintenance cost and strict payback,” says Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. “Reducing the amount of diesel-fueled refuse trucks in the city keeps communities safer from toxic diesel emissions. And, in addition to being cleaner, it’s a quieter alternative to conventional trucks – a definite plus for those of us who appreciate peaceful mornings!”

“At Loadmaster, our reputation for innovation sets us apart from our competition,” national sales manager Al Michaud says in Motiv’s release. “Electric refuse trucks are the future of urban transportation, proving their worth both economically and environmentally. We look forward to moving even more fleets to make the same green transition.”

BYD: Four Months on the Job in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, LA Sanitation conducted a four-month pilot project with a class-six battery-electric refuse truck developed by BYD and Wayne Engineering.

The truck logged more than 5,200 miles and drove up to 108 miles per day in Los Angeles, “operating on the same real-world routes and variable terrain” as the agency’s regular fleet, BYD says.

A fully battery-electric Class 6 BYD refuse truck logged more than 5,200 miles and up to 108 miles per day on real-world routes with the Los Angeles Sanitation Department, achieving an average range of 99 miles.

“An average range of 99 miles” was achieved, states a release, “proving that zero-emission refuse vehicles are a viable technology for municipal waste haulers.

‘A Record-Breaking 99 Miles Per Charge’

“BYD set out to prove that our battery-electric refuse trucks reliably achieve 100 miles of range in everyday operating conditions, and we achieved that goal with a record-breaking 99 miles per charge over a four-month timeframe,” BYD Heavy Industries senior VP Macy Neshati says in the announcement.

“This demonstration with LA Sanitation proves to other municipal refuse fleets that electrification is possible today. Additionally, these battery-electric trucks can provide significant operational cost savings.”

‘Refuse Hauling… Can Easily Be a Zero-Emission Operation’

LA Sanitation “worked closely with BYD during the testing to ensure the electric vehicle met our operational requirements and the outcomes of the testing are satisfactory,” fleet manager Ron Cole says in the BYD release.

“We’ve been designing and manufacturing innovative equipment for the waste management sector for half a century, and that has all been a buildup to this project with BYD and LA Sanitation, bringing cutting edge electric technology to refuse hauling, which can easily be a zero-emission operation,” said Wayne Engineering CEO Kevin Watje.

Vertically integrated BYD supplies its own proprietary lithium battery systems for it electric vehicles.


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Source: BYD and Motiv with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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