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Vehicle news round-up (28/10/20)

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With news on: Lewisham council completes vehicle replacement programme; Renault Trucks sells 100% electric vehicle to Suez; The Recycling Partnership purchases e-one vehicle from RVS; Urbaser invests in compact vehicles

Lewisham council completes vehicle replacement programme

Lewisham council has upgraded its refuse fleet with a further 24 Mercedes-Benz Econics from Ipswich-based dealership Orwell Truck & Van. 

The council began its vehicle replacement programme in 2018 when it acquired 15 low-entry Econics from the company, before returning last month to purchase another 15 to replace its current fleet.

Lewisham has replaced 39 refuse vehicles in two years

The vehicles are 6×2 Econic’s, with 7.7 litre engines and are fitted with a blind spot camera system, which comprises of a seven-inch monitor, and two cameras on the exterior, front and rear mirrors.

The vehicles are also equipped with emergency breaking technology, which is programmed to recognise pedestrians and other vehicles.

Noel Everest, Lewisham council’s service group manager for passenger and fleet services, said: “We’d fallen behind at one stage with our replacement programme, and took on some short-term rentals to tide us over. In the last couple of years, though, we’ve upgraded the entire fleet, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to do so with more Econics.

“As well as being superbly reliable and offering whole-life operating costs that blow its main competitor out of the water, the low-entry Mercedes-Benz is very popular with our crews, who appreciate its comfortable, air-conditioned cab, and ease of access. It’s just a great all-round product.”

Renault Trucks sells 100% electric vehicle to Suez

Renault Trucks has announced it has sold an electric medium duty vehicle to Suez Recycling and Recovery UK.

Carlos Rodrigues, managing director of Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, with the 100% electric truck

The fully electric 26 tonne refuse vehicle will be used to collect commercial waste from city centre locations in Bristol.

Renault Trucks noted that it is one of its first 100% electric vehicles to be sold. The other vehicle was sold to bakery brand Warburton’s.

Carlos Rodrigues, managing director of Renault Trucks UK and Ireland, said: “Renault Trucks is delighted to announce the introduction of our first two medium duty D Z.E. vehicles with these two outstanding companies.

“Warburton’s and SUEZ are not only household names and leaders in their respective sectors, but leaders in the sustainability journey which we must all embrace. We are hugely excited to be announcing the sales of these first two fully electric vehicles today, and look forward to many other organisations joining us in the coming months.”

The Recycling Partnership purchases e-one vehicle from RVS

Brighton based commercial waste company, The Recycling Partnership, has purchased an electric repowered refuse vehicle from Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS).

The e-One refuse truck is the result of a joint initiative between RVS and Dutch electric power train developers EMOSS

The vehicle will commence collections across the city of Brighton and Hove by the end of the year.

Jason Taylor, group commercial manager at The Recycling Partnership said: “ This vehicle produces zero local carbon emissions and is also much quieter and more efficient than a diesel vehicle. It is our intention is to expand our fleet with more electric vehicles and we are simultaneously working on creating the necessary infrastructure to achieve this. Ultimately, in the future we aim to have more (if not all) electric vehicles than diesel on the fleet.”

Spencer Law, managing director of RVS said: “The Recycling Partnership is one of our longest standing customers and we are delighted that the first e-One will be in their capable hands. They are a great team of people who are passionate about delivering a first-class waste management service.”

Urbaser invests in compact vehicles

(L to R): Stuart Arnott, service delivery manager at Urbaser; Ka Ng, council corporate director; Cllr Tony Kingsbury, leader of the council; Cllr Stephen Boulton, executive member, and Cllr Helen Quenet

Urbaser has invested in four refuse vehicles to assist in its new household food waste collections across Welwyn Hatfield borough.

The compact vehicles are Iveco 7.5t Euro 6, which Urbaser says will meet the latest emission standards and fitted with Farid Micro Food bodies.

The new kerbside food waste collections will begin on 2 November, and the waste will be recycled and used to generate power and create fertiliser for local farmland.

Urbaser was awarded a 9-year waste, recycling and street cleansing contract by Welwyn Hartfield borough council last year.

Javier Peiro, managing director at Urbaser Ltd: “The food waste will be collected in specially adapted vehicles and once it is recycled the gases will be used to generate renewable energy. We encourage local residents to utilise the new service by using the green caddies for all their food waste.”

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Source: Waste Managment