NYC Buying 7 Electric Garbage Trucks
It’s one of those vehicle sectors that seems tailor made for a quick electric transformation. Garbage trucks run regular, predictable routes, meaning required range is straightforward and clear. The stop-start nature of garbage trucks is almost custom-made for EVs — no burning fuel as garbage trucks sit in front of one house after another lifting up garbage cans. Some of the electricity is recovered via regen braking in the middle of the short trips from neighbor to neighbor. The noise and pollution of the trucks don’t wake people up 30 minutes before their alarms. There isn’t the problem of drag quickly draining the battery on the highway because, for the most part, garbage trucks don’t hit the highway (even if many highways are littered with trash due to the “polite and respectful” nature of many humans).