PNCC takes ownership of purpose-built 100% electric trucks

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 11, 2018

Two purpose-built 100% electric kerbside rubbish and recycling trucks, fully constructed in New Zealand, are about to hit the streets working for Palmerston North City Council.

The two electric trucks were constructed by Manco Environmental Ltd and replace two leased diesel trucks. They will pick up kerbside rubbish and glass for recycling.

Palmerston North City Council received funding of $350,000 from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority‘s (EECA) Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund towards their $736,000 cost.

Council CEO Heather Shotter says the trucks‘ launch was a highly visual way to showcase Palmerston North‘s goal of being an eco city.

“We‘re a future-focused city that plans for and cares about the future. Lowering carbon emissions and reducing our ecological footprint is important to us,” says Shotter. “To have these trucks constructed within New Zealand and operating entirely by electric batteries is a fantastic precedent. We‘ve a target of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% in the city by 2028 and this is a great way to start the process of achieving that reduction.”

Ray McIndoe, PNCC acting chief infrastructure officer says staff are looking forward to working in clean and quiet vehicles around the city.

“We‘re a little concerned people have got used to the noise of our diesel trucks to signal the collections were happening – but I‘m sure people will be delighted with the reduction in noise while they‘re operating.”

Manco Environmental has a long-standing relationship with council. Managing director Bryan Black says they are grateful to have supplied this prestigious contract.

“This shows Palmerston North City Council is a true trailblazer in the environmental field.”

The trucks feature left-hand low entry capability for safe exit from the left side of the vehicle, and two-handed controls on the 8m3 rear packer and the 7.5m3 glass recycler for safety. There is also a safety barrier arm on the glass recycler to prevent a person from going near the trough while in operation, and a high resolution camera fitted to allow the operator full view of the operation.

The range depends on the service run, but averages 180kms. The time taken to full recharge is seven hours.

Photo shows one of council’s new electric rubbish trucks.