Wrightspeed Extended-Range Electric Garbage Truck Ready To Clean Up Our Streets

FEB 5 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

Wrightspeed Route HD Schematic

Wrightspeed Route HD Schematic

Wrightspeed, maker of turbine range-extended, heavy-duty commercial electric trucks, is ready to clean up the streets in Sonoma County, California with its Route HD garbage truck:

“Electric garbage trucks may roll down our streets soon thanks to an innovative partnership between the Ratto Group and Wrightspeed, a company created by Tesla co-founder, Ian Wright. The ground-breaking project demonstrates the power of clean energy’s benefit to the environment and to a company’s bottom line.”

Plug-In Garbage Trucks, (like Motiv's All-Electric Garbage Truck shown) Make A Lot Of Sense To Us

Plug-In Garbage Trucks, (like Motiv’s all-electric version shown above) With Specific Duty Schedules, Make A Lot Of Sense To Us

Reports North Bay Business Journal.

Wrightspeed’s unique turbine setup can be briefly described as such:

“..range-extended electric powertrain which generates electricity from braking and an on-board turbine and stores extra energy from the grid in a battery.”

The turbine runs on natural gas and generates electricity for the battery pack.  This powertrain can be retrofitted to existing vehicles, according to Wrightspeed.

The Wrightspeed garbage truck in Sonoma County will be in use for a 60- to 90-day trial period.  If all goes as planned, Sonoma County (courtesy of refuse haulers The Ratto Group) should have an entire fleet of these electric garbage trucks within two years.

The Ratto Group is still deciding on how it will charge the Wrightspeed garbage truck prior to operation each day.  The options on the table include a charging station, a solar array with charger or by running the turbine.

Here’s some additional background and specs on Wrightspeed’s Route HD setup:

Wrightspeed Announces Super Clean Garbage Trucks

Wrightspeed, Inc. announced today their third electric driveline product, the Route HD. The Route HD is a heavy-duty powertrain engineered to save fuel in heavy stop-and-go applications, such as waste removal trucks.

The Route HD can burn diesel, CNG, LNG, or landfill gases, and it can save refuse companies more than $35k in fuel costs, and $10k in maintenance costs, per year.

Route HD Specs

Route HD Specs

Source: North Bay Business Journal

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11 Comments on "Wrightspeed Extended-Range Electric Garbage Truck Ready To Clean Up Our Streets"

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Doesn’t the title mean: “Garbage Truck”?

…Not “Electric Garbage”?

ha ha

🙂

I think “Wrightspeed Extended-Range Electric Garbage Ready Clean Up Our Streets”

is supposed to have both “Truck” and “To” added, as in…

“Wrightspeed Extended-Range Electric Garbage Truck Ready To Clean Up Our Streets”

“The Ratto Group is still deciding on how it will charge the Wrightspeed garbage truck prior to operation each day. The options on the table include a charging station, a solar array with charger or by running the turbine.”

By running the turbine, what?! Good Lord, set up a line of Level 2 (240V) chargers and let them charge overnight.

Granted, I realize chargers are an added capital cost, but I would expect the fuel savings to quickly pay for them.

Indeed. It should be possible to charge 78 Kwh overnight. Granted, they’d probably need to be charging at over 8 KW.

Maybe. Their spec sheet says their charger is capable of 10kW, so assuming an EVSE that can supply that much, it would only take 8 hours or so.

But if a normal work duty day for these things is 10 hours, then even at 6.6kW they should be able to get nearly a full charge in the remaining 14 hours of the day.

They have to sell Leviton 400’s to someone. After the Rav4ev is no more, the only thing left with a 40 amp charger is the Mercedes B class. So a few for garbage trucks doesn’t seem like a big deal. Overnight they’d save on time of use anyway, and without “CHP” turbines are space efficient but not fuel efficient. I use the CHP in quotes because they could also use another steam tubine, but then that’s stationary applications.

I think running the turbine to charge up the battery defeats the purpose of a range-extended garbage truck to begin with.

Any charging solution will do. Go solar? Sure, if it makes budgetary sense.

I’d rather my city use these if for no other reason than the noise. I hate hearing those garbage trucks going down the street in the morning.

Depends on the noise the hydralic pumps make.

This seems like an application just asking for a CHAdeMO inlet.

At lunch break, the truck could have a preselected midday location to eat and charge. Then, it not ever spin up the turbine or consume any fossil fuels.

For overnight, obviously a 10-20kW onboard charger is perfect.

Our company would be willing to consult on a “JdeMO” installation for this application.