BYD Delivers First All-Electric Garbage Truck To Palo Alto

3 months ago by Mark Kane 14

BYD all-electric refuse truck (Photo courtesy of the City of Palo Alto, Calif.)

This month, GreenWaste of Palo Alto has begun a one-year pilot to test the first all-electric full-size, fully automated side loader garbage collection truck in North America.

BYD Electric Garbage Truck

The refuse truck was supplied by the BYD, which is just now entering the EV truck market in the U.S.

The truck can go 65-75 miles on a charge utilizing a 178 kWh battery – that can be recharged in just two and a half hours. BYD first unveiled the prototype six months ago.

Its quiet operation makes the electric refuse truck perfect for both early or late operation.

Palo Alto seems pretty happy to get the EV:

Electric Refuse Truck Paves Way for Another Palo Alto First

There is another “first” for Palo Alto as it gets ready to roll out the Bay Area’s first all-electric refuse collection truck. Contractor GreenWaste of Palo Alto will participate in a one-year pilot, testing the truck on the garbage, compost and recycling collection routes of residential customers. The electric vehicle is also recognized as the first full-size, fully automated side loader collection truck in North America. It will be unveiled outside King Plaza on Monday, Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. and touts benefits including:

• Saves approximately 6,000 gallons of diesel per year
• Saves 72 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents
• Reduces nitrogen oxides by .0237 tons/year
• Reduces smog forming gasses by 0.0012 tons/year and PM10 by 0.0010 tons/year
• Takes 2.5 hours to fully charge and travels 65 to 75 miles on that charge

In September, GreenWaste received the prestigious Gold Award for Recycling Excellence from the Solid Waste Association of North America. The highly acclaimed Gold Award was presented to GreenWaste for technical innovations at its Materials Recovery Facility in San Jose. The facility features state-of-the art technology and boasts a 98 percent materials recovery rate for recyclables.

source: the City of Palo Alto, Calif via Green Car Congress

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14 responses to "BYD Delivers First All-Electric Garbage Truck To Palo Alto"

  1. menorman says:

    Monitoring.

  2. reader says:

    Quick, someone check if its a Cascadia underneath ! Because showing around re-skinned freightliner trucks is all the rage for electric truck makers this week.

  3. Dav8or says:

    It says “zero waste” on the side. Isn’t that what this thing is for? Accumulating waste? LOL

    1. Martin Winlow says:

      What?!

    2. Alan B says:

      No added waste in removing waste. 🙂

  4. wavelet says:

    I assume this truck also has an onboard compactor?
    I also wonder about noise levels for compactor operation. Over here that’s by far the noisiest aspect of garbage trucks, and they are very noisy (the hydraulic compactor is operated by the truck’s diesel engine, and apparently it needs high engine RPMs; the truck itself is slow, traveling at fast-walk speed most of the time).

    If these trucks can cut the noise level even by half, that alone is worth a lot.

    Anyone know?

    1. Tom says:

      It would be kind of useless without one. I presume it’s electric powered and a lot quieter than a revving diesel.

  5. Get Real says:

    And…another reason that the Big Oil crowd is starting to pee their pants and funding the H2 business to keep customers hooked to their fuel.

    1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      Meh, Big Pharma is more powerful.
      “Get Real” refuses to take their meds and see what happens to him!

      1. jimjfox says:

        ad hominem.

  6. Scott says:

    Garbage trucks seem like a perfect candidate for electrification. Drive 50 feet then stop and idle for a minute, then drive another 50 feet. But I’m not sure range in miles is meaningful. I would think power to run the compactor, heater, etc would be significant factors. What does 65 miles mean when you stop every 50-100 feet?

    1. Per “What does 65 miles mean when you stop every 50-100 feet?”, Well that would be 50-100 Stops per working mile, so it means about 2,500-5,000 Stop and Go’s, plus about 15 miles to the Station, to Discharge the load,then Recharge the Battery! Or something like that!

    2. James says:

      178kWh for 65miles, it’s definitely the garbage collection operation. Pure highway driving of such a 10-20K pound truck won’t use that much electricity.

  7. David Cary says:

    I would presume 65 miles in normal garbage truck terms or a full day in a suburban area.

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