Repowered RCV trials in Hampshire

By Categories: NewsPublished On: Thursday 21 March 2024

Three local authorities in Hamp­shire have introduced bat­tery-electric repowered refuse collection vehicles into their fleets.

The initial pilot programme sees two Dennis Eagle RCVs ret­rofitted with battery-electric pow­ertrains by converter Refuse Vehi­cle Solutions Ltd for Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor Councils.

E-fleet solutions provider VEV has supplied and installed charg­ing infrastructure for the eRCVs, and deployed its bespoke fleet management platform, VEV-IQ, to track performance during the pilot. VEV-IQ will monitor multiple parameters throughout the pilot programme, including the eRCVs’ operational routes, charging schedules, power usage, and CO2 savings for the councils and oper­ator Serco. The project builds on the initial electrification feasibility assessment conducted by VEV at Rushmoor. The pilot will demon­strate the significant emissions-and noise-reducing benefits of electric vehicle waste collection, along with the operational ben­efits of eRCVs, and establish the business case for Serco to electri­fy their refuse collection fleets.

Spencer Law, founder and CEO of Refuse Vehicle Solutions, said: “RVS is pleased to be working in collaboration with VEV to address the significant costs of fleet electri­fication faced by the waste indus­try. Since our launch of the e-One Electric Conversion in 2020, we’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from across the industry, affirming its pivotal role in shaping the future of sustaina­ble waste management. Our pilot scheme is an excellent, risk-free opportunity to explore eRCV adop­tion with ongoing support, and ultimately to advance on essential net-zero objectives.”

The project is partnered by Ser­co Environmental Services. Re­gional director George Roach said: “Serco are proud to be partnering with VEV, RVS and Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor Councils for this pilot, which sees preloved diesel vehicles taken off the road and upcycled into low emission electric vehicles, sup­porting both our and the local au­thorities’ net carbon zero targets.”

The conversion uses an electric driveline provided by Dutch com­pany Emoss, which is covered by a two-year warranty. The batteries are covered for five years or 3000 charges.