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First electric-powered waste truck hits Adelaide streets

February 27, 2020

Adelaide’s Eastern Waste Management Authority (East Waste) has announced its first electric-powered kerbside collection truck is now in operation.

East Waste General Manager Rob Gregory said this new zero-emissions truck replaces a diesel-powered truck, the first in a fleet replacement program that will remove the equivalent of 20 vehicles that generate 63 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

The trucks will be supplied by Australian company Superior Pak, using drivetrain technology developed by another Australian company, SEA electric.

“It is much more than a terrific environmental initiative by East Waste,” Mr Gregory said.

“It will deliver financial gain to better manage the cost of kerbside collections of recyclable resources and waste.

“We conservatively project that our new electric vehicle will save more than $220,000 over the seven-year life of its diesel predecessor.

The truck’s batteries will be charged daily using renewable energy provided by a 30 kilowatt solar system installed at East Waste’s Ottaway depot. The trucks will a lot quieter too.

“Residents will fall in love with our new truck without realising it,” Mr Gregory said.

“With reduced air pollution comes the removal of noise pollution as the truck travels from house to house on bin collection day. It is almost silent.”