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City of London to trial electric refuse truck

The first fully electric refuse collection vehicle (RCV) will appear on the streets of London next month.

The 26-tonne vehicle is manufactured by Electra Commercial Vehicles and runs on lithium-ion batteries which can last a full 10-hour shift.

The trial will begin in February and last for two months. The RCV will also be tested in two other UK cities later this year.

City of London Corporation RCVs collect more than 1,500 tonnes a year of household waste and more than 850 tonnes a year of recycling.

Jeremy Simons, chairman of the corporation’s environment committee, said: “This vehicle is the first of its kind. It is fully electric, both for compression of the waste and for powering the vehicle, and – crucially – no diesel emissions.

“Our ambition is to have a full fleet of clean refuse vehicles. We are taking responsibility for the cleanliness of our fleet and encouraging the use of low and zero emission vehicles with our partners.

“It complements the work we are doing to help City businesses cut back on vehicle deliveries and use more hybrid models.”

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