Geesinknorba Nordic is the leading supplier of a wide range of waste collection equipment across the Nordic region and currently supplies a large percentage of the waste collection vehicles operated by public and private contractors across Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The company has recently supplied two Geesink Mini LI-ON Power units to Bergen and Stavanger to intermunicipal companies BIR Transport AS, which collects and manages waste in the city of Bergen, and to Renovasjonen AS, which collects and manages waste across the city of Stavanger.
Mr John Gaule Kvinge, CEO of BIR Transport’s fleet operations, explained that the reason BIR decided to buy the full electric RCV unit was, “to meet the region’s environmental credentials and targets set for low emission vehicles working in Bergen city centre by 2020”. He said that the unit had been in operation since September 2018 and he was very happy with its performance.
Testimony to this is the additional orders for the supply of two large waste transportation vehicles by Geesinknorba Nordic, one of which is a Gergen hook loader system on DAF chassis. The other unit is the new Norba N4 Series 22m3 unit with L200 bin lifting equipment and mounted onto a DAF CF 6×2 rear steer 26 tonne chassis. Both chassis have been converted by EMOSS Mobile Systems BV to battery power and will be fitted with Allison’s 3000 Series automatic transmission.
Finally, another Geesink Mini LI-ON Power unit with dynamic bin weighing equipment, will be supplied. This will be mounted onto a DAF LF.220 4×2 12 tonne chassis and also converted by EMOSS to battery power. This will have a 150KWH battery, far more powerful than the existing unit which has a battery output of 120KWH. The chassis battery pack on the current vehicle is recharged overnight ready for operation the following day.
Mr John Gaule Kvinge went onto say, ”BIR went out to tender to the market to evaluate the best value products. Geesinknorba Nordic offered this with the GPM Mini hybrid/EMOSS battery powered chassis combination”. He said that he only wanted to deal with one body supplier and had been purchasing a wide range of conventional Geesink and Norba waste collection vehicles from Geesinknorba Nordic for five years with 75% of the fleet now made up of either the Geesink or Norba series types. This reaffirmed BIR’S confidence in buying this hybrid/battery powered unit from Geesinknorba Nordic and EMOSS which is leading to zero diesel and maintenance costs.
Renovasjonen is an intermunicipal company which is publicly owned and collects waste across Stavanger. The organisation is made up of six municipalities, serving a total population of two hundred and fifty thousand people.
Mr Kjel Age Nygard, Operations Manager for Renovasjonen, explained the reason for buying the full electric Geesink Mini was, “the short travelling distances, the compactness of the city where it will be working, as well as reduced noise and air pollution levels. This is also supported by Renovasjonen’s stakeholders wanting 100% low emission vehicles working in Stavanger”. Renovasjonen went on the market via open tender and the Geesinknorba proposal was deemed to be the best and most sustainable in meeting Stavanger’s environmental goals.
Mr Kjel Age Nygard said, “I am very pleased with the vehicles’ performance to date and want to gain further operating experience from the vehicle before placing additional orders for more units. I am confident buying waste collection vehicles from Geesinknorba Nordic because the after sales and back up service is first class”. He went onto say that he wanted to evaluate EMOSS’S after sales and back up service with the new vehicle before placing further chassis orders with them. His conclusions were that the benefit of the battery chassis was recharging took three hours at night so he had confidence that the vehicle has a full battery capacity to complete the next day’s work.
The vehicle may also be used on an evening waste collection shift in the future because of its low noise and air emissions. Finally, he said, “The vehicle has been in operation for three months now and overall is pleased”. I had the experience of driving the vehicle and I found the drive very quiet and smooth. The only contributable noise was the crosswind when driving near the sea. The vehicle also had plenty of power when pulling away at junctions and islands.
In conclusion, BIR Transport AS of Bergen and Renovasjonen of Stavanger are meeting their longer term environmental goals by operating the Geesin LI-ON Power and EMOSS battery powered waste collection vehicles. With these vehicles there will be a sustainable future for intermunicipal companies with the guarantee of a first class after sales and parts service from Geesinknorba Nordic.
Thanks to Timothy Byrne for this article!