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 Activities

Market dialogue with Scania

   28 June 2021

Website - Scania's electric trucks

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.

Market Dialogue with Addax Motors

   13 September 2021

Website - Addax's electric fleet

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.

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.
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

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)