Council tries out electric vehicles to collect waste across Wychavon

Wychavon District Council has tried out the use of environmentally friendly electric vehicles to collect waste across the district.

FCC Environment (the council's contracted waste management company) were supplied with an electric refuse collection vehicle in December last year, as well as a fully electric sweeper in January as part of a demonstration.

Crew members took out the e-One RCV refuse truck, which has zero emissions, for two-part days on 22 and 23 December across the district.

The vehicle has been created by Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) and Dutch electric power train developers EMOSS who repower and convert diesel refuse vehicles into electric vehicles. It is one of the first fully electric conversions in the UK.

The electric sweeper, known as the Bucher v65e, was taken out for two-part days on 26 and 27 January and swept in Pershore, Evesham and Broadway. The sweeper, which produces zero tailpipe emissions and low noise, can run for up to 200km on a single charge.

Despite the cold weather, which reduces the range of all electric vehicles, both vehicles performed well in their short demonstrations close to the depot. More trials are planned for later in 2021 to understand better how electric vehicles might work across the Wychavon district.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment at Wychavon District Council, said: "As part of the Intelligently Green Plan, the council aims to lead the Wychavon District to be carbon neutral as quickly as possible and by 2050 at the latest. By using electric vehicles, this is one of the potential ways to mitigate climate change."

Steve Longdon, FCC Environment Operations Director, said: "FCC Environment is one of the UK's leading recycling and resource management companies collecting waste from 1.3 million people in the UK. We are committed to the fight against climate change and are actively working with Wychavon District Council in its aim to be carbon neutral. As a result, we are looking closely at a range of alternative fuel vehicles to source the most efficient and cost-effective solution for residents."

Pictured: Paul Farmer, Contract Manager at FCC Environment, and Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment at Wychavon, with the e-One RCV refuse truck.
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