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5 Factors to Consider Before Investing in an Electric Vehicle

The benefits of electric vehicles are well-known. But what about disadvantages?

Waste management companies have been feeling the pressure to reduce their carbon footprint, and many know or have trialled various electric vehicles but are not convinced it will work for them. Are they reliable enough in extreme weather conditions or on steep hills where even diesel-powered vehicles struggle?

Will the batteries last long enough hauling heavy loads on rough terrain?

We asked ourselves the same questions and we have done extensive research until we came up with a solution.

What is the RVS refurb and EMOSS repower process?

The step by step journey of an electric refurbishment, retrofit, repower conversion of the Brighton paper round vehicle (RVS)

In a nutshell, RVS take an existent vehicle and refurbish it to work as good as new, while also repowering to be zero noise and zero emissions.

Sounds simple enough but it takes an expert team to pull this off! RVS engineers will start by taking everything apart and assessing every nut and bolt. They will then design a scope of works with the most cost-effective option for the customer using the EMOSS technology.

For just one project, there is a magnitude of separate tasks that need precision and a multitude of engineering experience to complete, and it all depends on what chassis they're converting, refurbishment level, along with each customer's specific wishes for an upgrade or modification.

Why refurbish when you can buy new?

If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production― Pete Seeger

Aside from the obvious environmentally friendly reasons, the waste management industry is in a global vehicle shortage. The average delivery time for refuse trucks was 9 months without all the other features added onto the mix - but what about 2022?

The refurbishment option will prove to be more environmentally friendly and most cost-effective as it can incur savings of £100,000.

The Disadvantages and Challenges of Electric Trucks

Unfortunately, there are quite a few:

Some batteries use Cobalt – Children and adults in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been exploited for years toiling over cobalt mines. It's time this issue gets all the attention it deserves in our endeavour to achieve Carbon Net-Zero targets by 2050.

Battery replacement– it is difficult to imagine how environmental or cost-effective this option can be with batteries with a high state of degradation over time.

Driver feedback and familiarisation – The importance of driver feedback cannot be understated. As we experience record shortages, if drivers and loaders do not like their experience with the instrument cluster or the vehicle, it could be a breakpoint for your business.

Long recharge times - While it takes a couple of minutes to fuel a diesel-powered truck, an electric vehicle can take about 9-12 hours and sometimes even a day to get it fully charged.


How RVS is overcoming the drawbacks of electric vehicles for waste management?

Cobalt Free Batteries. Zero Compromise on Quality.

As a family-owned business, RVS is committed to using the best and most ethical batteries on the market, which is why they partnered with industry leaders EMOSS. They're also proud to confirm these batteries do not contain any Cobalt!

Minimal state of degradation

There are many benefits to the EMOSS technology, besides avoiding the cobalt supply chain. A huge factor making these batteries stand out is the long-life cycle. They offer minimal degradation over ten years - average 80% - and have high thermal stability.

Modular System

Furthermore, the EMOSS batteries are based on a modular system which means that single modules can be replaced if they do degrade slightly, rather than replacing the entire battery, which is more cost-effective and better for the environment.

No changes in the instrument cluster

RVS has come up with a revolutionary way to refurbish and repower end of life vehicles. It has been designed with the driver in mind, so there are no changes in the instrument cluster. This system reduces driver adoption problems and when trialling out our demo vehicles, drivers gave top marks across every category: controls, vehicle performance, handling, and manoeuvrability, as well as lifting and packing equipment.

Fast Charging

The e-One Vehicle has a 44kWh onboard charger and can connect to a standard 32amp or 63amp socket, the vehicle is also compatible with both DC fast chargers and standard EV charging stations. Just specify what you need when ordering!


Charging station type (kW)

AC or DC charge

Time to fully charge (hours)





AC @63A



AC @32A






AC @63A



AC @32A



 Plug your company into the next generation with RVS

We understand the challenges fleet operators face when transitioning to electric vehicles. With RVS, you won't have any disadvantages in upgrading your existing vehicles. RVS will refurbish them to be more environmentally friendly and at a lower cost than if you were to purchase brand new.

Our experts can help set up a transition plan for business owners and fleet managers who want to make their fleet greener and get on board with green technology early before it is too late! Do you need assistance? Contact us today on 01453 899131 or email

5 Factors to Consider Before Investing in an Electric Vehicle