Launching New Zealand’s first electric vehicle dedicated to waste collection
Posted by Super Administrator on 2017-04-19 09:53:22
The first electric vehicle in New Zealand to be used exclusively for waste collection is now in service as part of our new partnership with Countdown supermarkets.
We announced our move towards electric vehicles in September last year, as part of our ongoing sustainability commitment. We run one of New Zealand’s largest fleets of trucks and cars, with over 200 cars and 800 trucks across the country.
Tom Nickels, Managing Director, says the new trucks are part of Waste Management’s five-year plan to progressively shift to electric vehicles.
“Reducing transport emissions will help safeguard our environment for future generations. At Waste Management, we have a large fleet of trucks and cars on the road and adopting electric vehicle technology helps us achieve this aim.
“I’m delighted to see our new electric truck out collecting waste from Countdown following the successful launch of our fleet of electric cars last year.”
James Walker, General Manager Corporate Affairs at Countdown, says using an electric vehicle to collect food waste sits well with its own sustainable practices.
“We’re focused on minimising the environmental impact of our business, including reducing food waste wherever possible. As a business monitoring our own carbon emissions, using an electric vehicle to handle what waste we do have makes perfect sense.”
The new box body truck, which will initially be used to collect food waste from Countdown supermarkets, was converted from diesel to electric by world leading electric mobility integrator EMOSS, in The Netherlands. It will be joined this year by the first side-loader waste collection truck, which will be used for residential kerbside wheelie bin collection on Auckland’s streets. Another electric truck is scheduled to be launched in Christchurch later this year.
The electric truck conversion trial has been identified as a key project by the New Zealand Government in its efforts to boost investment in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The Government’s $500,000 in funding will support the conversion of two additional waste trucks to electric and the establishment of an electric truck conversion and service facility in Auckland.
We generate electricity from the gas we capture at our high technology landfill and energy parks. Our Redvale facility is Auckland’s largest renewable energy generator. Combining the use of electric vehicles with the ability to generate power from waste is an example of our sustainable “circular economy” in action.
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