Zero emission waste collections – at a price

New battery bin lorry will cost £400,000


The £400,000 electric Dennis Eagle ‘eCollect’ bin lorry which SCDC has just purchased in conjunction with Cambridge City Council

Electric cars?  Tick.  Electric vans and taxis?  Tick.   Electric lorries?  Not really yet… except for the electric bin lorry which South Cambs District Council has just purchased.  All £400,000 of it.

Yes, we’ll soon see (says the SCDC press release) an electric bin lorry collecting recycling, after the shared waste service partnership between SCDC and Cambridge City Council purchased one.

The £400,000 electric Dennis Eagle ‘eCollect’ bin lorry which SCDC has just purchased in conjunction with Cambridge City Council.

The £400,000 electric Dennis Eagle ‘eCollect’ bin lorry which SCDC has just purchased in conjunction with Cambridge City Council.

Both councils are committed to helping tackle the climate emergency and have been looking at ways to reduce their own carbon emissions – the fully electric Dennis Eagle ‘eCollect’ bin lorry is part of this process.

The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service (GCSWS) will be among the first nationally to have one of these green vehicles, which have zero emissions** and contribute to better air quality when on the road.

The current diesel vehicles collecting recycling and waste across South Cams and Cambridge City are among the largest emitters of CO2 at both councils.

The shared waste service has around 55 collection vehicles and plans to replace them all with electric or hydrogen lorries as the existing trucks come to the end of their working lives.

Currently, GCSWS uses around 50,000 litres of diesel a month at a cost of approximately £55,000.  The new vehicle costs around £400,000.

While this is more than a traditional diesel bin collection lorry, it is estimated the whole-life cost to be at the very least the same – if not less – than a diesel vehicle, when you take into account reduced servicing, fuel and general running costs.

The Dennis Eagle ‘eCollect’ has five specially designed battery packs generating 300 kWh of power and a 200 kW electric motor.  Fully loaded it will weigh around 26 tonnes, the same as a diesel bin lorry, which has the capacity to hold up to 8,295 tonnes of waste – no information as to how much the new lorry can hold.

It typically takes around seven to eight hours to recharge and can easily complete a full day of collection rounds and return with charge remaining in the battery.  The truck is also substantially quieter than existing bin collection vehicles.

There are solar panels installed on top of GCSWS’s Depot at Waterbeach, which are already being used to charge two fully electric vans used by members of the team.

** Zero exhaust emissions from the vehicles in use, but not in their manufacture – as with anything battery powered.

Post created 28th March 2020.