BYD, an electric vehicle manufacturer, and Wayne Engineering, which designs solutions for the waste management industry, announced the launch of an all-new, fully electric refuse truck. In addition to zero tailpipe emissions and greatly reduced noise pollution, the operating costs are substantially less due to savings from diesel fuel, fewer moving parts, and regenerative braking, according to the companies.
“This truck represents a new era in waste management, one of the last remaining sectors untouched by green energy and electrification,” said Stella Li, president of BYD America. “We’re proud to be working with Wayne Engineering on a refuse truck that will protect the environment while providing for a 58% reduction in operating costs per mile.”
The 3.9-ton all-electric truck has a body that allows for improved visibility and operation on tight roads and alleyways. The truck has a range of 100 miles on a single charge, which is estimated to take 2.5 hours.