BYD , Wayne launch green neigh­bor­hood garbage truck

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­

BYD Mo­tors, the US arm of the Chi­nese au­tomaker BYD Co Ltd, and Wayne En­gi­neer­ing, a waste man­age­ment-equip­ment man­u­fac­turer, launched a fully elec­tric garbage truck on Thurs­day.

The 3.9-ton truck, which can go 100 miles af­ter be­ing charged for 2.5 hours, is ex­pected to save pri­vate haulers and mu­nic­i­pal fleets op­er­at­ing costs by 58 per­cent per mile due to sav­ings from diesel fuel, fewer mov­ing parts and re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing.

The truck will pro­duce zero tailpipe emis­sions and greatly re­duce noise pol­lu­tion.

“This truck rep­re­sents a new era in waste man­age­ment, one of the last re­main­ing sec­tors un­touched by green en­ergy and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion,” Stella Li, pres­i­dent of BYD Mo­tors, said at the even in Phoenix, Ari­zona.

“Only 10 per­cent 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 (com­pressed nat­u­ral gas) en­gines,” she said.

“Many are par­tic­u­larly bad on green­house gas emis­sions and par­tic­u­late mat­ter, harm­ing the health of those around them,” she added.

Garbage trucks are ex­cel­lent heavy-duty ve­hi­cles to elec­trify be­cause the routes are de­fined and short, while tra­di­tional diesel ve­hi­cles burn un­nec­es­sary fuel while idling for lift­ing.

“This new truck is the chance to fi­nally make clean­ing our neigh­bor­hoods a clean prospect in and of it­self,” she added.

De­signed with san­i­ta­tion work­ers in mind, the truck has a body that al­lows for im­proved vis­i­bil­ity and op­er­a­tion on tight roads and al­ley­ways. With 100 miles of range on a sin­gle charge, a first for an elec­tric refuse truck, fleets can han­dle larger routes and dis­tances be­tween sites.

“We’ve been proud to de­sign and man­u­fac­ture in­no­va­tive equip­ment for the waste man­age­ment sec­tor for half a cen­tury and are thrilled to be a part­ner with BYD for this huge step into the fu­ture,” said Kevin Watje, CEO of Wayne En­gi­neer­ing.

“Refuse trucks are a part of ev­ery com­mu­nity in the coun­try and these all-elec­tric trucks will start mak­ing a dif­fer­ence right away,” he said.

The truck’s cab, chas­sis and power train will be as­sem­bled at BYD’s fa­cil­i­ties in Lan­caster, Cal­i­for­nia, and then de­liv­ered to the body man­u­fac­turer Wayne En­gi­neer­ing at its fa­cil­i­ties in Phoenix and Cedar Falls, Iowa. The pro­duc­tion sched­ule will be based on sales or­ders.

The Los An­ge­les-based BYD Mo­tors be­gan in­tro­duc­ing all-elec­tric medium- and heavy-duty trucks in early 2015, fo­cus­ing on three mar­kets: ur­ban de­liv­ery, goods move­ment and refuse trucks.

This new truck is the chance to fi­nally make clean­ing our neigh­bor­hoods a clean prospect in and of it­self.” Stella Li, pres­i­dent, BYD Mo­tors

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