BCP Council has taken delivery of four new electric vehicles which are now collecting waste across the conurbation following successful trials.
Cllr Mark Anderson, portfolio holder for Environment and Waste, BCP Council, said: “We made a clear commitment to our residents that we would make Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole cleaner, greener and safer for everyone. These four new zero emission vehicles really are making a positive difference to our air quality, whilst also serving our residents in ensuring waste collections are timely and efficient.
“The technology onboard this vehicle is incredibly impressive, alongside their capabilities to deliver a full collection route once fully charged. The noise level is notably quieter, whilst the additional safety features are reassuring.
“Over the coming years, we need to grow our refuse vehicle fleet, so these initial eCollect trucks will allow us the opportunity to fully evaluate their performance and effectiveness.”
Each electric refuse vehicle is expected to save between 30-40 tonnes of CO2 annually. This reduction in carbon is in line with the council’s wider sustainable fleet replacement strategy, which looks to replace 104 diesel powered vehicles over the next three years.
Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader, BCP Council, said: “We are the first council in the south of England to purchase four refuse vehicles of this high specification, which demonstrates this council’s ongoing commitment and determination to tackle climate change. Our area is fast becoming one of the most forward-thinking city-regions in the country, which is driving innovation and change. I’m proud that we have taken such positive and bold steps which have such a positive environmental impact.
“As sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost saving as these amazing vehicles are – there is one downside however. As these vehicles are so much quieter, residents are going to have to make an extra effort to remember their bin collection days. No more dressing gown dashes with the bins when you hear the diesel trucks rumbling up the street!”
BCP Council’s agreed Fleet Replacement Programme totalling £26.9 million, will see the replacement of core vehicles, plant and equipment as they come to the end of their economic life. Electric refuse vehicles are currently more expensive than their traditional diesel equivalents, however reduced running costs over the lifespan of the vehicle is expected to offset this increase in investment.
Dona Rideout, one of BCP Council’s refuse e-vehicle drivers, recently demonstrated the new technology to Cllrs Mark Anderson and Phillip Broadhead and senior officers.
Dona said: “These new vehicles are great to drive and they have lots of additional features which make my job easier and safer for the crew. I’m looking forward to getting these on to our roads and it makes me proud to work for a council that values the essential service we provide. The fuel savings are going to be really noticeable I’m sure.”
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