Trashing Fossil Fuels: Sacramento Introduces All-Electric Garbage Truck

Trashing Fossil Fuels: Sacramento Introduces All-Electric Garbage Truck

Call it heading back to the future — 2017 has been the year of automotive advancement. Silicon Valley tested a flying car, and autonomous vehicles have made headlines nationally.

But despite these national tech trials, Sacramento is taking a smaller step toward more sustainable transportation.

The city will be launching an all-electric garbage truck.

Today’s Motor Vehicles reports that Sacramento will soon be implementing an electric left-side loader garbage truck, moving toward greener waste management. The truck is designed by Motiv Power System and built by Michigan company Loadmaster.

“The city of Sacramento has a very pro-active sustainability policy…” Fleet Manager for the City of Sacramento said in a statement to Today’s Motor Vehicles. “Reducing harmful vehicle emissions in the Sacramento region is a primary focus of our Sustainability Policy, and the most effective way to achieve that goal is to implement electric vehicles into our fleet.”

While diesel fuel is 20% to 40% more efficient than gasoline, electric cars take energy efficiency to a whole new level. Powered by three battery packs, the garbage truck will be held to the same operation requirements as the rest of the waste management fleet, according to Today’s Motor Vehicles, such as taking three routes per day to collect waste around the city. Once it finishes its daily route, it will be plugged in to reach full charge overnight.

So, what’s the benefit for residents besides a more sustainable city? This truck will make trash collection much quieter, Motiv CEO said in a statement to Today’s Motor Vehicles.

“Reducing the amount of diesel-fueled refuse trucks in the city keeps communities safer from toxic diesel emissions,” he said. “And, in addition to being cleaner, it’s a quieter alternative to conventional trucks – a definite plus for those of us who appreciate peaceful mornings.”

Sacramento is just one piece of the international movement for cleaner vehicles. Adding momentum to the pull away from fossil fuel power, France recently announced that they plan to stop selling gas and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040, moving to an all-electric model. Greg Archer, director of clean vehicles at Transport and Environment said in a statement to The New York Times that goals and policies need to work together to make this change universal.

“It’s great to have a vision,” he said. “We have to now see the policies put in place to deliver on that vision.”

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