A British-built electric bin lorry has made its debut in Germany, with a view to it going into full-scale production next year.
The Dennis Eagle eCollect was revealed at IFAT in Munich – the international fair for the water economy, sewage management and solid waste industries.
It will be built at the company’s UK facility in Warwickshire and will be available as a narrow-bodied 6×2 rigid with a split bin lift to allow sorting of recycling and non-recyclable waste.
Lee Rowland, sales and marketing manager at Dennis Eagle, said the new eCollect will be the first OEM-built completely electric refuse collection vehicle.
The truck will also undergo further testing and technical verification to optimise its battery management before the first deliveries are made to customers, so that it is capable of completing an entire day’s worth of service before need a recharge.
Rowland said the eCollect is expected to be popular with urban operators needing a zero-emission vehicle for air pollution hotspots and clean air zone restrictions.
He added it may even enable operators to consider more Night-time refuse collection routes, for example, thanks to the low-noise, electric technology, which will also help minimise traffic congestion during day times.