This is the tip of the iceberg. Many of the transportation experts who have recently been on the show state unequivocally that cars, buses and trucks will move by electricity...whether fully or partially. Manufacturing is quickly moving in that direction. Charging methods are expanding. And the costs of electricity is getting more competitive each day.
A Motiv-Powered all-electric refuse vehicle replaces 2.8 mpg diesel version, eliminating emissions and noise for downtown Sacramento residents. Leading the way for cleaner fleets in California, the City of Sacramento will soon be home to the State’s first all-electric automated left-side loader garbage truck.
The fundamental technology powering the Electric Refuse Vehicle (ERV) is Motiv Power Systems‘ scalable and modular All-Electric Powertrain. The Class-8 vehicle will be built on a Crane Carrier chassis, and the body will be built by Loadmaster. The City of Sacramento aims to run the ERV on residential and recycling routes and expects to save as much as 6,000 gallons of fuel per year. The Sacramento ERV will be one of only two all-electric refuse trucks in operation within North America, both powered by Motiv.
“The City of Sacramento has a very pro-active sustainability policy, showcased by being voted the #1 Government Green Fleet in North America in 2013. 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,” said Mark Stevens, Fleet Manager for the City of Sacramento. “We are excited to partner with Motiv Power Systems to design and build the first all-electric left hand automated refuse truck in North America. The City of Sacramento intends to prove that all-electric refuse trucks are the future of the industry, and we anticipate igniting that trend.”
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