Car­maker launches elec­tric refuse truck

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

BYDMo­tors, the US arm of the Chi­nese au­tomaker and recharge­able bat­ter­ies com­pany BYD Co Ltd, said it had part­nered with Wayne En­gi­neer­ing, awaste­m­an­age­ment equip­ment man­u­fac­turer, to launch a new fully-elec­tric refuse truck for use in cities across the coun­try.

The launch was in Phoenix, Ari­zona on Thurs­day and the new 3.9-met­ric-ton truck, which gets 100 miles (160.9 kilo­me­ters) of charge in 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.

In ad­di­tion, the elec­tric refuse truck will pro­duce zero tailpipe emis­sions and greatly re­duce noise pol­lu­tion in neigh­bor­hoods.

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

“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.”

Refuse 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 inandof it­self,” she added.

De­signed with san­i­ta­tion work­ers in mind, this all-elec­tric 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 first­foran­elec­tri­cre­fusetruck, fleets can han­dle larger routes and dis­tances be­tween­sites.

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