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
Big Buyers group meets with German company BPW
BPW will soon release 'BAX', a new electric vehicle truck, on the market. This is going to be one of the first vehicles on the market in this weight category and with this level of performance. BBW and the Big Buyers discussed this new vehicle, focusing on battery size, its guarantee and transport capacity, as well as on the maintenance and service network provided across Europe, one of the main challenges for buyers who do not have in house capacity for electric vehicles maintenance.
The vehicle is particularly interesting for inner-city and historical city centers use where waste collection can be more challenging due to the size of the streets.
Market Dialogue with Ballard & Arcola Energy
Among the many challenges related to deploying electric waste collection trucks in European cities are the recharging infrastructures.
Many solutions are currently available on the markets, but not all fits the different needs of European cities.
Representatives from Ballards presented to Big Buyers their fuel cell technology and the advantages it poses over Diesel and other battery solutions, particularly in challenging environments, for example related to heavy snow.
Total ownership and maintenance costs were also discussed.
Upcoming solutions in relation to zero emissions machineries were also discussed as a new activities the company will be working on.
More information on Zero Emission Fuel Cell Electric Refuse Collection Vehicles can be found here.
Market Dialogue with Addax Motors
13 September 2021
After two market dialogues in June 2021, the working group on Heavy duty electric vehicles hosted a third market dialogue on 13 September 2021 with Addax Motors.
The company introduced its electric line of heavy duty vehicles, with an emphasis on its four selling points: modularity, user comfort, last-mile delivery expertise, and enhanced after-sales and maintenance.
The participants had the chance to ask questions afterwards.
Past activities in this working group here.
- 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.
Decarbonization of heavy-duty vehicles in EU
The Stockholm Environment Institute developed the report "Accelerating to zero - Speeding up the decarbonization of heavy-duty vehicles in the EU" analying the current status and outlook for decarbonization of the heavy-duty vehicle sector in the EU. The authors focus on developments over the coming 10 years, and how much the sector’s emissions could be reduced through energy efficiency improvements, electrification, and increased biofuel deployment.
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
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.
Dataport A.ö.R (Hamburg)
ESMASA (Alcorcón -Madrid)