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Biffa Portsmouth impressed with electric vehicle performance


Management and crews at Biffa Portsmouth were left impressed by the performance of the new electric refuse vehicle repowering solution from Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS), following a four-day trial in December. The e-One refuse vehicle carried out recycling, refuse and bulk refuse collections, and matched the performance of equivalent diesel vehicles.

Chris Smith, Business Manager, Biffa: “The e-One battery capacity is excellent and very adequate for Portsmouth where we have a high bins-to-mileage ratio. The vehicle’s performance compared very favourably with the diesel refuse vehicles we usually have on the rounds, as well as with other electric vehicles that we have trialled.”

The vehicle operated for 7-8 hours each day and collected 20t, 15t, 5.5t and 16t of waste and recycling respectively over the four days. The battery was fully charged at the start of each day and, depending on the type of round and distance travelled, finished with between 15% and 46% of the battery still available.

Since its launch in October the e-One demonstration vehicle has been on a tour of the UK to enable councils and waste operators to trial the technology on their own rounds. A second e-One demonstration vehicle will join it in February and both vehicles are booked up until April 2021.

The e-One refuse truck is the result of a joint initiative between RVS and Dutch electric power train developers EMOSS to repower and convert diesel refuse vehicles into electric vehicles in the UK. EMOSS is already well known as the connoisseur of electric conversion with a successful track record in the haulage, bus, tipper and sweeper vehicle sectors.

Mandy Brown, Sales Director, RVS: “The vehicle has been performing really well during demonstrations and everyone is impressed. It has been put through some hard rounds and the statistics speak for themselves. The e-One is definitely a commercially viable and affordable option.”

RVS offers the entire range of refuse vehicle services, including brand-new and quality used vehicles for sale, vehicle remanufacturing, a substantial hire fleet, preventative maintenance, repairs, its own tyre department, breakdown, parts, finance and vehicle transportation.

For further information about the e-One or other RVS services  Tel 01453 899 131; or email



Biffa Portsmouth impressed with electric vehicle performance