Electric RCVs powered by waste to be trialled in Sheffield by Veolia

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The new electric vehicles must be able to negotiate 25% gradients

Veolia will trial electric Refuse Collection Vehicles in Sheffield charged by power derived from the waste they have collected in what it claims to be a world first.

Two 26 tonne RCVs, which need replacing, will be converted from diesel to electric power and will be charged using electricity generated from the city’s Energy Recovery Facility.

The project aims to progress the transition to zero emission heavy goods vehicles.

It is backed by a grant from the Innovate UK and will be trailed over the next two years.

Lorries must be powerful enough to negotiate 25% gradients on hills when fully loaded and are expected to be converted and operational by the end of the year.

Two RCVs will also be trailed in London.

Gary Clark, Veolia UK’s fleet director, said: “By working closely with our customers to deliver fleet solutions that lower emissions we help them ensure they deliver real value for money, and limit costs for local tax payers.

“By recharging the vehicles from the Energy Recovery Facility this approach also show how local authorities and the public sector can drive sustainability and use green energy to address their environmental challenges.”

Sheffield’s Energy Recovery Facility generates electricity for the National Grid and heats a district heating network for over 150 buildings.

In June, Veolia introduced a fleet of zero emission electric street sweepers.

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