Municipal vehicles manufacturers are working together to develop a set of common standards for assessing the energy efficiency of their equipment.
MRW understands that preliminary tests are underway on refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) in Germany and are due to be unveiled in May.
Currently, comparison between different RCVs is difficult because of the different front, side and rear loaded technologies for the collection of household and industrial waste.
This means different technical solutions are employed for lifting devices and pick-up systems. Additionally, these solutions use different power sources including mechanical, electrical and power storage.
The initial research is being led by EUnited Municipal Equipment, the European association that is part of the umbrella organisation EUnited which represents different sectors within the engineering industry.
The municipal part accounts for around 80% of manufacturers of refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) in Europe and members include Terberg, Zoeller, Scarab Sweepers, Geesinknorba, Faun and Dennis Eagle.
A source told MRW the intention was to take a lead role in standards ahead of any similar initiative from Brussels. An initial report is expected to be unveiled at the Ifat 2014 trade show in Munich in May.