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Electric Rubbish Truck

Why has the Council decided to buy an electric truck?
The vehicle it uses for emptying public litter bins has reached the end of its life and needs replacing. Zero Emission Vehicles Ltd, with whom the Council has an association with through the Clean Technology Centre NZ in Ōtaki, offered to provide an electric vehicle solution, and the rubbish truck offered a good fit with the capabilities of a battery-electric vehicle. Also:

  • The operational cost savings on fuel and maintenance outweigh the additional cost of purchasing the vehicle.
  • It supports the establishment of ZEV by providing an operational ‘proof of concept’, who will base themselves in Ōtaki to build the vehicle with the objective of further sales from this base. The Council’s economic development plans centre on ‘Clean Tech’ business.

Are there electric rubbish trucks operating anywhere else in the world?
The council is aware of battery electric rubbish trucks operating in France, the Netherlands and China but believe this is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere

Where/when will it operate?
7 days per week driving collection routes around Raumati, Paraparaumu and Waikanae and up to Ōtaki, up to 90km each day.

How much will it cost?
Around NZ$200,000. Over its 12 year life the total cost of ownership (including electricity/fuel and maintenance) in today’s money is comparable with a new diesel vehicle, assuming increasing energy costs in the future.

How much CO2 will it save?
The savings in operational emissions compared to a new diesel vehicle are estimated to be 12 tonnes per year.

What type of batteries will it have?
Lithium Iron Phosphate – selected for their robustness and long life. They should not need replacing during the vehicle’s 12 year operational life.

Where will it recharge?
At a charging station that will be established at the Council Depot in Paraparaumu. The station will use an existing electricity supply and overnight charging will mean cheaper night rate electricity will be used. Overnight charging utilises spare capacity in the national electricity system.

What is its top speed?
It will be electronically speed-limited to 90kph, although it would be capable of going faster.

What is its range?
Predicted to be 150km at the start of the vehicle’s life on a full overnight charge, although this will gradually decline. Range will still be over 100km at the end of life.

When will it be ready?
It is planned to be in operation before the end of the year.

Where are the parts coming from?
Most of the major components have been manufactured in China, however the vehicle will be unique; designed and assembled by ZEV incorporating components from other countries such as USA, Canada, Switzerland as well as NZ.

What happens if the electric rubbish truck breaks down?
As part of the contract ZEV, are providing a ‘road ready’ back-up diesel vehicle for the council to use if the electric vehicle needs to be taken out of service for any reason during the first five years of its operation. The contract also includes a 2-year guarantee and warrantee for the vehicle as a whole and a 5-year guarantee and warrantee on the battery pack.

Will the council consider adding more electric vehicles to its fleet?
Certainly, but as with the rubbish truck it will depend on the business case.