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New electric trucks for Palmerston North

Council has been successful in its application to the Low Emission Vehicle Contestable Fund from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Photo shows electric rubbish truck.

Electric rubbish trucks are becoming a common sight overseas, like this lithium-ion powered truck in Amsterdam.

“This grant enables us to launch the transition to an electric vehicle fleet, where it might not have otherwise occurred until the technology for medium sized trucks is more established. We’re incredibly grateful to EECA for this grant,” says Paul Compton, PNCC Logistics & Support Manager.

EECA has granted Council $350,000 for two new electric trucks to replace the existing diesel trucks it uses to collect city rubbish and recycling.  

The funding will go towards half the cost of buying two electric trucks, as well as half the installation costs for a charging station at the Awapuni Resource Recovery Park.

Council will be monitoring and reporting on the performance of the electric trucks compared to conventional trucks.

Transparent reporting within Council and to the public will ensure that the financial performance of the new trucks is visible.

The Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund encourages innovation and investment that will accelerate the uptake of electric and other low emission vehicles in New Zealand.

The new trucks will be operational by February 2018.