Bradford Council has put its first Dennis Eagle eCollect refuse truck to work after it successfully trialled the all-electric vehicle earlier this year.
The council says the eCollect was easier to drive and more efficient than its current vehicles during the trial and was also much quieter as well as narrower, making it easier to manoeuvre.
Its trial eCollect travelled 100 miles on a single charge and cost about £20 to fully charge overnight.
The eCollect is based on a Dennis Elite Narrow 6×2 rear-steer chassis – with an electric drive system instead of diesel – and incorporates an Olympus OL19 narrow body and Terberg ‘Omni’ range of automatic split lifts.
Bradford Council is looking to create a zero-emissions fleet of refuse collection vehicles as part of its plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2038.
Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Places said, “It is great to see improvements in our vehicle fleet as part of our air quality and health ambitions and net zero carbon emissions targets.
“The eCollect refuse collection vehicle will really stand out on the streets of Bradford as a zero-emissions vehicle setting the standard for the rest of our fleets.”
Andrew Christie, Dennis Eagle’s Regional Sales Manager added, “I’m delighted that Bradford has bought its first eCollect. Operationally, it will provide exactly what they are looking for and it will do it with zero emissions.
“This is totally in line with the council’s Sustainable Development Action Plan and will help combat the climate emergency as well as improving local air quality.”