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Kingston Council to launch fully electric refuse truck fleet

Veolia electric refuse truck

Kingston Council has given the green light to a fleet of electric Refuse Collection Vehicles (eRCVs) being operated by Veolia.

Veolia, Kingston Council’s recycling and waste collections partner, will operate the new e-collection vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries, making collection services in Kingston fully electric.

The vehicles will be designed for urban environments, meaning collection routes will be completed on one charge, said Veolia.

Scott Edgell, South London waste partnership general manager at Veolia, said: “The move to electric demonstrates Veolia’s commitment to reducing the carbon impact of our operations and we’re proud to work with the council to use the latest technology to improve our environmental footprint and ensure the area becomes cleaner and greener.”

Councillor John Sweeney, portfolio holder for business and leisure at Kingston Council, said: “By introducing an electric waste fleet, we’ll help improve the borough's air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly.

“Kingston will be one of the first boroughs to do this and want to lead by example as we move toward our objective of being a carbon neutral council by 2030.

“As well as being better for the environment, the vehicles are also smaller and quieter, which will lead to less disruption for communities while the waste crews complete their rounds.”

The fleet is set to take to Kingston’s streets in the autumn.

The news from Veolia comes after classic car restoration and electric vehicle (EV) conversion specialist Lunaz announced it was expanding into the commercial vehicle sector, with the launch of its upcycled refuse truck.

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