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).INFORM - Fact sheet - Greening Garbage Trucks Fact Sheet
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.
The average diesel-powered garbage truck costs over $170,000 and is not retired for 12 years.