BYD announced that Southern California’s first electric refuse truck went to work this week in the City of Carson.
City officials alongside Waste Resources Technologies (WRT) unveiled the all-electric side-loader refuse truck which was built by BYD and spec’d with an Amrep body. The truck was on display last month at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif. (see photos).
In addition to the first BYD 8R recently-delivered, WRT has ordered three more BYD refuse haulers, including another 8R Class 8 and two 6R Class 6 Electric Refuse Trucks.
“Electric collection trucks are part of our strategy to use clean, green and sustainable technologies for waste collection, processing and conversion,” said Tommy Gendal, COO of WRT and Waste Resources. “We applaud the City of Carson, California for allowing us the opportunity to roll out these technologically-advanced collection vehicles.”
BYD also announced that its electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Lancaster, Calif. will soon be outfitted with a two-megawatt solar energy system. The project will use solar panels and batteries manufactured by BYD and intelligent grid operating software (igOS™) created by the California-based company Apparent.
“The project showcases BYD’s commitment to a total green ecosystem with the ability to generate, store, and use zero-emission energy to power buildings as well as zero-emission vehicles,” the Chinese-owned company announced.