The local authority has just bought two new electric trucks to supplement cleansing activities across the borough. Funding for the vehicles has come through the Street Cleansing budget.
The City Fort electric tipping trucks, from Electric Powered Solutions, run solely on electricity so are helping cut Sefton Council’s carbon dioxide emissions, reduce noise and cost less to run than similar diesel vehicles.
Based on current energy prices, vehicles are charged overnight for less than £3 compared to fuel costs of £19 a day for a similar transit diesel-tipping vehicle. This produces a significant saving of more than £80 per vehicle per week to the local authority.
Each tipping truck can reach speeds of up to 45km/h, can carry a load of 530kg and has a range of 50 miles on a fully charged battery. They will be used to support all general cleansing activities across the borough.
Battery powered control vehicles, where an operator walks with the unit, are currently used in Southport for litter collection. Sefton is also purchasing two further electric trucks in August from EVC (UK) Ltd to further enhance its green fleet.
Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “The new electric vehicles are a cutting edge addition to our Cleansing fleet and will be used for many different purposes in keeping the borough as clean and tidy as possible.
“The vehicles will help to provide a highly functioning, mobile and responsive workforce. Not only do they cut down on CO2 emissions but they cost very little to run as well.
“This helps the environment and ultimately has financial benefits to the Council especially during these times of austerity.”
Alan Munn, from Electric Powered Solutions, added: “With no road tax and, where applicable, no congestion charge, together with minimal servicing costs, there are additional savings to add to the environmental benefits that come with the CityFort.”
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