Los Angeles orders 2 electric garbage trucks, powered by Motiv Power Systems

The city of Los Angeles has ordered 2 zero-emission refuse trucks. These Class 8 trucks feature a Motiv All-Electric Powertrain, a Crane Carrier chassis, and an Amrep automated side-loader body.

The trucks will be built by Amrep in Los Angeles, and are to be delivered in the first quarter of 2018. LA’s sanitation department expects them to save as much as 6,000 gallons of fuel per year.

Motiv’s modular design allows the same electric powertrain to be used across the full range of a city’s work trucks, from Class 4 through Class 8, which simplifies maintenance and reduces the cost of spare parts and training. This enables cities to electrify their work trucks, transit buses and other diesel vehicles without placing a heavy maintenance burden on their public works departments.

The Los Angeles trucks are similar to Motiv-powered electric refuse trucks heading for Sacramento – they will have a payload capacity of 9 tons and 1,000 pounds per cubic yard of compaction. They are equipped with 10 battery packs, expandable to 12 packs, which supply up to 212 kWh of power, enough to efficiently move the truck and power the electric hydraulics throughout the day.

“Fossil-fueled garbage trucks emit about 20 times the carbon of the average US home,” said Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. “They achieve just two to three miles per gallon, and stick to standard routes, making them ideal electrification targets for LA’s sustainability program.”

 

Source: Motiv Power Systems

  • Lance Pickup

    I’ll say it again…garbage trucks are almost the perfect application for an electric truck. We need thousands of these, not 2. Hopefully this test goes well!