Belmont charges up electric vehicle recycling truck

Perth's first fully electric recycling truck.  will be based in the City of Belmont.
Perth's first fully electric recycling truck. will be based in the City of Belmont.

PERTH is about to get its first whisper-quiet, fully electric waste recycling truck – and it will debut on the streets of Belmont.

The truck is still under construction and a few months away from being put into service by recycling operator Suez, but will be used across all City of Belmont suburbs when it arrives in June.

It features an electric- powered drive train and a 230kWh battery, which gives a driving range of about 200km and 1200 lifts per day before the vehicle requires recharging.

Suez WA general manager Craig Barker said operating the electric truck could save 35,000 litres of diesel and avoid about 90 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

“This new generation of waste collection vehicle is only now becoming available here, and we are keen to test this proven technology for our Belmont customers ahead of wider demand from our other council customers,” he said.

In addition to generating zero emissions, it would have no diesel or fuel costs, minimal oil changes and much less maintenance.

“Improved braking also means brake pads only need to be replaced every two years, compared to quarterly changes in traditional diesel-powered side-lift trucks,” Mr Barker said.

Suez’s new diesel fleet of trucks were also due on the roads this month.