Electric heavy-duty vehicles for waste collection, street cleaning and maintenance

Waste collection, street cleaning, and maintenance vehicles are used on a daily basis in urban areas and most public authorities are looking at changing their city fleet towards electric in the short term. However, the market is not offering a wide array of electric heavy-duty vehicles and prices remain high with a lower level of performance. Charging infrastructures for those types of vehicles is also a crucial part of their development and implementation.

Focus of the Working Group

  • Electric waste collection vehicles ⇒ both heavy and smaller vehicles  for door to door collection

  • Electric street cleaning vehicles and sweepers

  • Their recharging infrastructure

Latest Activites

Market dialogue with Scania

   28 June 2021

The second market dialogue was held with Scania. The director of new technologies introduced the company’s electric solutions, their charging infrastructure and their waste management. Then, the participants engaged through a Q&A session.

100 Climate Neutral Cities - Seeking: innovative solutions for zero emission waste collection and street cleaning

   21 June 2021

Presentation by Anja DeCunto, EUROCITIES

During the Dutch event ‘100 Climate Neutral Cities’, the working group gathered to engage with new market actors. After presenting Big Buyers to the audience, the meeting focussed on a virutal co-creation session. The goal was to identify European levers and challenges to reach emission free Heavy duty vehicles in Europe by 2030.

Past activities in this working group here.

related resources

  • Key takeaways from the previous Big Buyers Initiative working group, find here.
  • A press release on the future electric vehicle purchasing plans from the cities in the previous working group, find here.
  • A list of some of the heavy-duty electric vehicles available on the market (feel free to add!), find here.


Objectives of the working group

  • Mapping of upcoming procurement plans and values of involved entities

  • Organise market dialogues

  • Compare pilots projects

  • Comparison and/or creation of standardised tender criteria for E-HDV acquisition

  • Support knowledge on funding and financing options for e-vehicles

  • Discuss implications and challenges from the EU - Clean Vehicle Directive

Added Value

  • Accelerating acquisition of electric vehicles, to achieve zero emissions vehicle fleets in cities by 2030

  • Support market options availability for EU peripheral regions

  • Support R&D efforts of suppliers by further understanding entities‘ current and future needs.








LIPASAM (Sevilla)


Dataport A.ö.R (Hamburg)



Who is involved?



TU Berlin

Contact us


Anja De Cunto, Anja.DeCunto@eurocities.eu

Manon Ghislain, manon.ghislain@eurocities.eu

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability

Rafael Hirt,









Belgian Post


ESMASA (Alcorcón -Madrid)