The City of Carson, Calif., has unveiled an all-electric refuse truck, which will hit the streets starting May 27.
The vehicle is one of 13 trucks used by Waste Resource Technologies Inc. (WRT) to provide solid-waste collection service throughout the city. WRT also uses compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks to serve customers in Carson.
“Carson is committed to providing a sustainable environment for residents to live, work and play,” says Albert Robles, mayor of Carson. “This means that we are using the latest technology and cleanest method of collecting, recycling and converting our residents’ waste. The new electric truck is 100 percent emission-free and a major step to help improve the quality of life in our city.”
According to Tommy Gendal, WRT’s chief operating officer, if the vehicle meets the city’s service and environmental objectives, WRT intends to convert its entire collection fleet to electric vehicles in the future.
“Electric collection trucks are part of our strategy to use clean, green and sustainable technologies for waste collection, processing and conversion,” says Gendal. “We applaud the City of Carson for allowing us the opportunity to roll out these technologically advanced collection vehicles.”
Covering approximately 20 square miles, Carson is located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County.