Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Prepare for better weather: Chicago is spending $670,000 each to buy 20 52,000-lb electric garbage trucks?

Chicago Buys Fleet of Electric Garbage Trucks
Chicago signed a 5-year, $13.4 million contract with Motiv Power Systems, a start-up based in the San Francisco area, to buy 20 electric garbage trucks (it has a fleet of 600).
Chicago's garbage trucks will have 10 battery packs and an electric motor that drives the hydraulics system. They weigh 52,000 lbs and have a range of more than 60 miles.
INFORM - Fact sheet - Greening Garbage Trucks Fact Sheet
The average diesel-powered garbage truck costs over $170,000 and is not retired for 12 years.

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