NYC Tests Hybrid Garbage Trucks, EVs

by | Aug 26, 2009

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nycscoutThe New York City Sanitation Department will add several hybrid electric diesel collection trucks to its fleet. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the additions as part of his PlaNYC to reduce the city’s overall carbon emissions  in the next two decades.

Three new hybrid refuse collection trucks will soon be picking up residential garbage in the city, and a hybrid rack truck, designed for heavy duty snow removal, will see its debut this winter. The vehicles are intended to decrease overall truck emissions, fuel consumption, and noise as they hit the streets to aid in collecting the more than 11,000 tons of garbage and recycling gathered in NYC every day.

One of the collection trucks is a Mack TerraPro Low Entry model and the other two are from the Crane Carrier Corporation.  The rack truck is a Kenworth T370 diesel-electric hybrid truck.

The Mayor announced  two other developments this week in his city’s effort to use alternative fuel vehicles: the New York City Street Conditions Observation Unit (SCOUT) plans to field test ten all-electric MINI E vehicles, and Bloomberg’s administration is launching a formal study of the electric vehicle market in New York City.

The MINI E vehicles are on loan from BMW group, and  the SCOUT Inspectors will provide feedback to BMW regarding the efficiency of the cars. Some 450 MINI E vehicles, which travel about 100 miles on a single charge, are currently part of a year-long field study across the U.S.

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