the Swiss Company Futuricum : Thun floats electric garbage truck

The Swiss city of Thun has this month received a new, fully electric powered garbage truck. The electric truck replaces one of five diesel vehicles of the civil engineering department and will be used in the city center from April.

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The Swiss city of Thun has this month received a new, fully electric powered garbage truck. The electric truck replaces one of five diesel vehicles of the civil engineering department and will be used in the city center from April.

 

Thun’s new, 920,000 francs (approx. € 780,000) expensive utility vehicle Stromer is one of four prototypes made by the Swiss company Futuricum. The project is supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE for the development and testing of the vehicle drive system. Energie Thun AG and AG Waste Management AVAG are participating in the project with a one-time contribution.

 

“The advantages are obvious,” emphasizes councilor Konrad Hädener. “With the electric truck, we can significantly reduce pollutant emissions and noise. Half of the power for the operation comes from waste incineration and hydropower. “An electrically operated refuse truck is also cheaper to operate.

The new rubbish vehicle of the city of Thun, like its predecessor, has a payload of around nine tonnes. Propulsion is provided by four electric motors, which together deliver 559 kW (760 hp) to the road. The battery capacity is 270 kWh. The power consumption of the 2160 kilogram heavy-duty electric truck is 190 kWh per 100 km in collective operation.

 

The city of Thun expects the electric waste vehicle with an energy saving of 80 percent compared to diesel models. The self-ignition refuse collection vehicle to be replaced will only be exchanged with the upcoming replacement purchase of the entire vehicle fleet in 2019. Until then, it will serve as a reserve vehicle.

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