Veolia has unveiled a new fleet of fully electric vehicles to be used in London’s West End as part of a waste collection and street cleansing contract with Westminster City Council.
The new 60-strong electric fleet will be one of the largest operated by a waste and street cleansing contract in any local authority in the UK.
It will allow an 89% reduction of CO2 emissions compared to a diesel fleet, in line with Westminster City Council’s carbon net zero by 2040 plans. It will also help improve air quality and lower noise pollution.
Veolia's energy teams have supported Westminster in installing smart charging infrastructure across Westminster’s West End depots, with Farm Street depot in Mayfair being fully electric, to ensure vehicles can be charged to meet the demands of a service that never sleeps.
The full range of vehicles, from e-RCVs to e-trikes and e-sweepers were displayed at Waterloo Place, London which was reimagined as “Electric Place” for the event.
Councillor Rachael Robathan, leader of Westminster City Council, said: “Air quality is one of the most important issues for our residents, and the move to all-electric vehicle fleets is a key step towards our commitment to be carbon zero by 2030.
“This collection of state-of-the-art electric vehicles will transform the way we clean our streets and collect waste and recycling across Westminster. Cleaning in the West End is now fully electric - and the rest of the City soon will be as we roll out more electric vehicles over the next 12 months.
“We are proud to be working in partnership with Veolia to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, and make Westminster a greener and cleaner City for All.”