City of London deploys full fleet of electric refuse vehicles

The City of London Corporation claims it is the first UK authority to run a full fleet of electric refuse collection vehicles (ERCVs) following trials of the new technology.

The fleet of five zero-emission vehicles will collect residents’ waste and recycling in the Square Mile area of the capital.

The ERCVs will be operated by Veolia, which delivers the City corporation’s tech-driven recycling and waste collections, street cleansing and ancillary services operations.

The new 18-tonne and 26-tonne trucks will be powered by lithium-ion batteries, rather than diesel, and will help with the continued reduction of air pollution in the City. Designed for urban environments with short routes, the vehicles can complete a full shift on one charge and will start their first rounds this month.