Originally posted on EVObsession
The City of Chicago is using ERV electric garbage trucks from Motiv Power Systems, the first all-electric garbage truck in all of North America. The Motiv ERV, or Electric Refuse Vehicle, has enough driving range for 60 miles of city driving and 70 compaction cycles, which makes it perfectly suited to waste management duties, and it is also a money saver to boot.
The $13.4 million deal between Motiv and Chicago was signed back in 2012, and gave the startup the capital to build the cheaper-to-operate electric garbage trucks. Motiv estimates that it has reduced costs to just 10-cents a mile with its zero emissions medium-duty pilot project, compared to 80-cents per mile with standard diesel trucks. The company used mostly off-the-shelf parts for their garbage trucks, including a 20-yard Loadmaster Excel S rear-loader body and a Crane Carrier chassis, keeping the cost of the ERV to about $670,000 each.
Meanwhile, Wrightspeed is saying each of their heavy-duty electric garbage trucks can save fleet operators up to half a million dollars in lower fuel and maintenance costs compared to a diesel-powered vehicle over its useful life. Wrightspeed produces electric powertrains for heavy duty vehicles — like garbage trucks. The Wrightspeed Fulcrum weighs only 250 pounds. The Tesla 90 kWh battery weighs more than 1,200 lbs. What if an electric vehicle could have a range of over 300 miles with a battery that weighs only 600 lbs and a micro-turbine?