BYD Will Deliver First Electric Garbage Trucks In Seattle

BYD Class-8 battery-electric refuse trucks

JUL 28 2018 BY MARK KANE 26

BYD received from Recology an order for two all-electric Class-8 refuse trucks for use in residential solid waste pick up.

It’s said that those will be the first electric refuse trucks to operate in Seattle and also in the Pacific Northwest Region.

Chinese manufacturer already delivered its first garbage collection truck in North America to Palo Alto. It’s equipped with 178 kWh battery for 65-75 miles of range.

The specification of vehicles for Recology wasn’t disclosed, but it’s known that it will get New Way’s Viper Rear Loader refuse bodies.

Delivery is expected in the first half of 2019.

Here is a video with first BYD’s refuse truck in Palo Alto:

More about the order:

“BYD’s zero-emission battery-electric Class-8 truck chassis boasts optimal efficiency with regenerative braking and best-in-class power and torque. In addition to the environmental and financial benefits of zero-emissions and reduced operating costs, BYD’s electric trucks are quiet and clean, which has an immediate impact on quality of life for the communities they serve.

“We are excited to be the first to deploy electric refuse trucks to the Pacific Northwest region, demonstrating that clean, zero-emissions technology is the smart, sustainable choice for heavy industry,” said BYD Motors President, Stella Li.

New Way, a family-owned business since 1971, manufactures a complete line of refuse equipment including the Viper mid-compaction Rear Loader bodies in Scranton, IA. With outside cylinders and operating valve, New Way’s streamlined Viper design offers increased efficiency, safety and value.

“By combining the innovative design of our Viper Rear Loader body with BYD’s zero-emissions battery-electric technology, we can produce the most efficient and sustainable refuse truck available on the market today,” said Don Ross, New Way Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Recology, an employee-owned company with more than 100 years’ experience in the waste industry, provides service to communities up and down the West Coast. The Recology mission represents a fundamental shift from traditional waste management to resource recovery. The vision at Recology is to create a world without waste by developing and discovering sustainable resource recovery practices that can be implemented globally.

Recology’s electric trucks will serve customers in the City of Seattle and mark an important step in realizing climate impacts that address the region’s growing need to prioritize resiliency.  Especially for collection services that require heavy-duty trucks to frequent roads in these communities on a daily basis, electric trucks present a sustainable solution that both Recology and its customers can feel good about.

“Together with our industry partners, BYD and New Way, we can be a catalyst to affect positive, sustainable change, setting the stage for what a 21st century refuse truck should look like,” said Derek Ruckman, Vice President and Group Manager in the Pacific Northwest at Recology.”

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26 Comments on "BYD Will Deliver First Electric Garbage Trucks In Seattle"

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Amen! Garbage trucks are the WORST. Pollution, noise, I’m jealous but also happy that my kids’ will see a day when those smoke-belching beasts are completely electric.

The current ones in Seattle areas operated by Waste Management are CNG powered, so not much smoke… I am excited to see how these BEV trucks do… They look pretty flimsy and small compared to the Waste Management trucks in the area.

byd with their chinese quality

Everyone that trialed China made BYD buses and trucks followed up with much bigger orders. Funny enough the only one to experience reliability issues was LA, and their units were all produced in the US plant, hmmm…

I saw one of the BYD cars that was in Colorado. Pure POS.
Not a CHANCE.

Thats not exactly true, many cities have trialed the BYD, and ordered Proterra buses, Seattle being one of them. I went to the council meeting where they discussed the decision, King County Metro felt the quality and range was better on the Proterra, even though they were substantially more expensive. I have also read online reports of several cities having trouble with BYD buses, however BYD will get it together, having ridden on their buses in Shenzhen China, they seemed fine to me.

Not everyone reordered.

Jeez, grandpa… maybe they don’t need to be as big and bulky as in 1950’s.
The noise level on these is way less than with the CNG which is a big plus for residential areas. I know when it’s collection day even if I forget about it, no way i can sleep through all that noise.

The compactor and lifting arm and the trash falling in the bin and the trash cans still make a ton of noise.

The ones in my area are diesel and the loudest noise is made when they try to climb the gentle grade on my street. Lovely sound. At this point I would love to hear the compactor.

They are, and won’t compete, especially with that low of coverage, realistically only about 50 miles.

LOL. Best joke of the day. Yeah, cities only have maybe 2 homes per square mile.

Does anybody have a link to a clip of an average US recycling truck just so I can get a feeling on how they sound and look? Do they mix all the garbage together, or do they have compartments so they can recycle glass, metal, paper, plastic, bio waste (leftover from food, and garden waste), special waste (batteries, paint cans, spray boxes, light bulbs and stuff like that), and one for all the rest that is harder to recycle that is sent to a facility to be burned to produce heat and/or electricity. Beverage cans and bottles are delivered in a reverse vending machine, where the customer get some money for each item. We have two types of garbage trucks, one with many compartments (which may have a tiny weak compactor, so the stuff can be sorted easier, to make sure it is correct) who collects stuff that can be recycled easy, and one with a powerful compactor for the stuff that is going to be burned. I never notice the recycling trucks in the morning, as it is too early, or they collect during the day when I’m usually at work. The once I’ve seen have not been especially… Read more »

THE BAY AREA’S FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC COLLECTION VEHICLE (China collecting American jobs I assume)?

65-75 miles is pitiful for a garbage truck, and even worse for one with the steep, long hills in Seattle. It won’t get more than 50 miles on a good day. I dont see these replacing the CNG trucks any time soon. This is more of a typical “feel good” trickery by the Seattle team.
I’m all for making things better, but not at such a high overall cost. You’re going to need 3-5 for every 1 CNG/diesel truck to be able to keep the same schedule.

More like 2 for each route as has been tested in other cities, actually the low speed hilly areas should be right up this trucks alley, as they are all stop and go and regen is a factor. In most of these they have a second driver meet in the middle of the route, change trucks, go dump and recharge… They are using them in other cities, and there is some adjustment, but it works. I wonder mostly about the longevity of that flimsy arm mechanism, seems could easily fail. BYD batteries are very durable, and you can change them hard and use them multiple times a day.

So, CNG is not an improvement over diesel if you factor the mining, the refining, transport and methane released. How far garbage trucks go depends how far they have to go to a transfer station. and there are three inside the city limits.
Seattle has ordered 73 ( I think they are Proterra) electric buses, and it’s true, the biggest noise of a garbage truck is the crashing bottles and beating the bins to release the contents, but electric drive would be a huge improvement.
Here’s a mean and probably sexist joke from Georgie Jessel, it has to be said in a run on sentence; “the other day my wife ran after the garbage truck and asked am I too late and they said no hop on.”

So true, the methane leakage from fracking operations is so bad it does absolutely NOTHING to mitigate coal CO2 emissions. But, it also poisons your water, and local residents get to go to the hospital for cancer treatment. So, the Oncology Industry is Growing in the USA.

It doesn’t help the climate, but still reduces local pollution AFAIK?

It’s as bad as coal for the climate, a gasoline garbage truck would be better than CNG or diesel, moving to all electric may be expensive in the short term but much cheaper in the long run.

LOL. This joke is killing me. Just google pictures of US cities. 50 miles? These things will get filled in a 1 mile route. GUARANTEED.

or, you need a decent truck, like a tesla, in which cheap truck is 300 MPC.

Somewhat unrelated, why USPS doesn’t use EVs is beyond me. A right hand drive 40kwh Nissan E-NV200, seems like a prefect solution. In colder climates, an ethanol heater may be required to be more practical.

“The company claims its E-Gen series offers a 400 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, requires 60 percent less maintenance and saves more than $140,000 over a 20-year life. VT Hackney, is a manufacturer of specialized truck bodies and is based in Washington, N.C.”

So, just 1 company has an EV to offer.
But, with significant savings.

I thought they used diesel heaters. I read somewhere that ethanol heaters was not approved in a road going vehicle. Even some stationary models have had problems.
The rules and regulations is supposed to be why spare parts are so expensive, and why there are only original parts to be bought (apart from the glow plug). They all have to be tested and approved.
You can buy a complete Chinese diesel or gasoline heater on Ebay for less then some maintenance parts for an Eberspächer heater.