Refuse Collection

02 October 2023

Kingston - Replacing Diesel by Electric

Electric Refuse Vehicles look as if they are becoming a reality. 

Kingston upon Thames is replacing its current diesel fleet, helping to improve the borough’s air quality and contribute to the council’s climate targets by significantly reducing carbon emissions generated while collecting waste and recycling.  The electric vehicles are also significantly quieter than diesel powered equipment.

Powering all twenty seven vehicles from the grid will remove 554 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to taking 270 cars off the road.

 The move to an electric fleet is planned to be complete by the end of October.

The Refuse Vehicles are built by Dennis Eagle – now based in Warwickshire not Guildford – and are claimed to able to collect 20t of refuse in a 8 hour shift. The vehicles can charge overnight in their depots. The trucks look almost identical to exisitng trucks many of the same components.

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