Electric vehicle dedicated to waste collection launched in NZ

By Sustainability Matters Staff
Wednesday, 03 May, 2017

Waste truck

As part of its plan to shift towards electric vehicles over the next five years, Waste Management NZ has launched an EV to be used exclusively for waste collection.

Waste Management runs one of New Zealand’s largest fleets of trucks and cars, with over 200 cars and 800 trucks operating across the country. Managing director Tom Nickels said the company’s new electric truck will be trialled as part of a partnership with Countdown supermarkets, following the successful launch of a fleet of electric cars last year.

The box body truck, which will initially be used to collect food waste from a select group of supermarkets, was converted from diesel to electric by electric mobility integrator EMOSS in The Netherlands. It will later be joined by a side-loader waste collection truck, which will be used for residential kerbside wheelie bin collection on the streets of Auckland. Waste Management also plans to launch another electric truck in Christchurch later this year.

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