The New York City Department of Sanitation has started electrifying its garbage truck fleet. About 12 of their garbage trucks were upgraded with hybrid-electric motors and batteries.
These batteries and motors are from Effenco, a Canadian company. These technologies are also available in the cities of Paris and Los Angeles. They can be found in Port terminal tractors, dumper trucks, etc.
Effenco utilizes ultracapacitors rather than using lithium-ion batteries. These propulsion systems don’t operate the engines only but they also work on the onboard equipment.
The hybrid-electric technology indicates a 30% decline in energy consumption compared to vehicles that were completely electric.
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An executive order that stated that a fully electric municipal fleet must be created by 2040 was recently signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Rocco DiRicco, the deputy commissioner of New York City Sanitation Department, ordered fourteen new trucks featuring Effenco’s ultracapacitors to join the retrofitted ones.
The diesel engine in the truck makes so much noise and as such, makes it dangerous to other motorists. The noise won’t allow the driver to hear the sound of an approaching car from behind. More so, the fumes coming out of the truck are toxic to pedestrians and even the drivers of the trucks.