ACT government trials electric garbage truck

By Anna Macdonald

Friday April 22, 2022

white truck painted onto green shrub
The trial seeks to understand the potential benefits of electric-powered heavy commercial vehicles in Canberra. (malp/Adobe)

The ACT government is continuing its push towards zero emissions with the trial of a new electric garbage truck.

The trial seeks to understand the potential benefits of electric-powered heavy commercial vehicles in Canberra. The truck will be based in Civic, at the Allara St depot, which already contains charging infrastructure.

Bain Municipal is partnering with the ACT government and Transport Canberra and City Services for the trial.

“Our company believes in solving challenges with key partnerships through technology and we strive to develop new equipment that meets environmental outcomes for now and into the future,” said Burcher Municipal NSW/ACT regional sales manager Darren Gear.

The Zero-Emission Transition Plan for Transport Canberra, with a goal of a zero-emissions public transport system by 2040, began with the introduction of Canberra’s light rail system in April 2019. A key focus of the plan is making Canberra’s bus fleet zero-emission.

12 battery-electric buses were added to the fleet this year, with another 90 expected.

Other states and territories have plans to introduce zero-emission vehicles.

The NSW government aims for 10% battery-electric vehicles for its fleet by 2023, while the Victorian government aims for all new buses to be zero-emission vehicles by 2025.


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