Our first fully electric RCV was delivered in 2017. The vehicle was part of a Spanish program to accelerate the transition from diesel to ultra-low emission vehicles. The unit was a 19t Geesink refuse truck. Since then, we have delivered several fully electric RCVs from 12 to 26t, allowing customers to choose the configuration most suited to their operational needs.
The technology used – our LI-ON Power Pro (LPP) – is the result of over 15 years of research and development in the electrification of RCVs. The LPP is a chassis-independent system that requires a high-voltage CAN bus connection to and from the chassis. The LPP converts the energy through a speed controller and three-phase motor into hydraulic energy to operate body and lift. The LPP connects the electric chassis and controls the body dynamically for the most economical energy consumption and to optimize the autonomy of the vehicle.
The technology is no longer in the experimental phase. Electric RVCs are fit for purpose and have proven their worth in numerous trials. There are already several vehicles in service in the UK, the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries in areas where improving air quality is a priority. Many capital cities have already implemented Ultra-Low Emissions Zones (LEZ) and more large cities will follow soon. With more electricity produced from renewable energies than fossil fuels, vehicles will help reduce carbon footprint and play an important role in our fight against climate change.
These units will hit the road in France!