The acquisition of these vehicles furthers the County’s efforts to be more environmentally sustainable. The current refuse truck fleet of the County consists of liquid natural gas and compressed natural gas vehicles, which have reduced emissions in comparison to traditional refuse trucks. The added use of the battery electric vehicles will help reduce the environmental impact of refuse truck use and cut diesel gasoline use. The ElecTruck™ will also allow the County to be more cost efficient as diesel powered refuse truck costs around $107 per day to operate, while the battery-electric refuse truck will only cost $24 per day to operate. This pilot program is aimed to comparatively analyze the ElecTruck™ to conventional diesel trucks in acceleration, hauling capacity, reliability and cost of ownership, among other measurements.
As the test market for the program, Sacramento County will have use of the battery-electric refuse trucks at no cost and will be able to purchase the trucks at a reduced price once the 2 year program period is up. For more information, view a full article here.
- Business Environment Resource Center (BERC)