Wrightspeed and Ratto Group To Green Up And Clean Up the North Bay With Plug-In Garbage Trucks

APR 21 2014 BY MARK KANE 3

The Route Powertrain

The Route Powertrain

We do not have to wait long for the first project implementing Wrightspeed’s Route HD electric drivetrain for vehicles such as garbage trucks.

The solution presented recently will be used in garbage trucks in the North Bay, California where The Ratto Group would like to convert garbage and recycling vehicles from clean diesel to electric drive. The Ratto Group of Companies provides refuse and recycling services to cities and unincorporated areas in Sonoma and Marin Counties.

In the press release we see “vehicles,” so we should expect more than one, but there aren’t any details on how many and or on when the electrified vehicles will be ready.

“Wrightspeed and The Ratto Group announce their partnership in converting North Bay garbage and recycling vehicles from clean diesel to electric drive. The partnership is announced three weeks after Wrightspeed publicized their heavy-duty electric driveline product, the route HD.”

“The route HD is a plug-in electric truck powertrain that uses an onboard turbine generator to charge the battery, as needed, on the road. It uses CNG, LNG, diesel, or landfill gases and burns cleaner per kilowatt-hour than the average mix of US electrical power plants, making it “cleaner than an EV.”

Lou Ratto, Chief Operating Officer of The Ratto Group stated:

“We’re always looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gases in our pursuit of an environmentally sustainable economy. Wrightspeed’s very efficient and super clean powertrains are a great fit for our fleet.”

Ian Wright, Wrightspeed’s founder and CEO, agrees:

“The route HD was engineered for the refuse and recycling truck application, where it can reduce fuel spend by $35k per year and dramatically reduce noise pollution.”

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3 Comments on "Wrightspeed and Ratto Group To Green Up And Clean Up the North Bay With Plug-In Garbage Trucks"

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Phrase “clean diesel” make me puke of so much hypocrisy.

EV is the way to go.

Well… when refering to any kind of fossil diesel then I agree.
But then there are biodiesel and synthetic diesel (HVO) from renewables too.

We need to fight this from every angle and changing the fuel used in the cars that are on the road today is also a part of the solution.
That + EV’s + more efficient cars + better infrastructure for public transport will take us closer to the goal.

Just wanted to point out that “North Bay” refers to the northern counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’re not from around here, “North Bay” doesn’t tell you much.