Beijing uses electric sanitation vehicles to curb pollution
CH I N A' S CA P I TA L Beijing has launched electric sanitation vehicles to replace gas-driven ones, to cut down emissions levels in the city, which has been battling heavy pollution. The first set of vehicles was introduced in mid-August. The vehicles include 26 models covering road sanitation functions from road sweeping and garbage transportation to garbage disposal. Following the changes, the authorities estimate that a 16-tonne electric-powered sweeping truck will emit 80 tonnes less carbon dioxide a year compared to the original gas-powered truck. A total of 791 electric sanitation vehicles, representing about 45 per cent of all the sanitation vehicles in Beijing, will be seen in the city by the end of 2016.