Wrightspeed Electric Powertrain Finds Suitor in Refuse Fleet


The Ratto Group, a refuse and recycling company that serves approximately 140,000 customers in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, will be working with Wrightspeed Inc. to integrate electric powertrains into its heavy-duty trucks.

‘We're always looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gases in our pursuit of an environmentally sustainable economy,’ says Lou Ratto, the company's chief operating officer. ‘Wrightspeed's very efficient and super-clean powertrains are a great fit for our fleet.’

Ratto's trucks will be using the Route HD – a solution that Wrightspeed recently introduced. It is a plug-in electric powertrain that uses an on-board turbine generator to charge the battery as needed. It uses CNG, LNG, diesel or landfill gases and burns cleaner per kilowatt-hour than the average mix of U.S. electrical power plants, according to Wrightspeed.

‘The Route HD was engineered for the refuse and recycling truck application, where it can reduce fuel spend by $35,000 per year and dramatically reduce noise pollution,’ says Ian Wright, Wrightspeed's founder and CEO.

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