Motiv Power Systems has designed the world’s first all-electric garbage truck. The Electric Refuse Vehicle, or ERV, was made possible using Motiv’s modular, plug-and-play electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) technology and in collaboration with Chicago’s existing refuse truck vendors.
The city is saving 2,688 gallons of gas by running these electric trash eaters on 60 mile routes.
“We are constantly looking to modernize and improve the City’s fleet operations through environmentally conscious choices,” said David Reynolds, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management. “The City in a Garden is proud to be home to North America’s first all-electric refuse and recycling truck, and we look forward to examining how this truck can boost efficiency, reduce emissions and save tax payer dollars in the future.”
“Besides dramatically lower fuel and maintenance cost, value of the ERV goes beyond strict payback,” said Castelaz. “Each truck offsets over 55 barrels of petroleum and 23 tons of carbon dioxide each year. Plus, no one wants large, noisy truck engines idling next to their house at 6 am when they could have clean, and quieter ERV’s keeping the morning peace instead.”
As a Chicago area resident this makes me well up with pride and it’s pretty stinking cool (pun intended). Maybe we’ll see these trucks around more large cities soon. What do you think of the Motiv electric garbage truck? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.