RVS's pioneering all-electric e-One refuse vehicle has been out and about, cleaning the streets of Bath - just days before the city introduces England's first Clean Air Zone (CAZ) outside London.
The CAZ scheme, which came into effect on Monday, March 15, will see lorries, buses, and other commercial vehicles that do not meet emissions standards charged for driving into the city centre as part of a bid to tackle pollution and improve air quality.
Refuse vehicle fleet operators in the city will also be affected by the measures, so the trial of RVS's zero-emission e-One electric collection vehicle is particularly well-timed. The e-One was developed in a joint initiative between RVS and Dutch electric conversion experts EMOSS to convert existing diesel refuse trucks into environmentally-friendly electric vehicles. Spencer Law, Managing Director, RVS said “It’s a very exciting development for us and fits perfectly with our complete refuse vehicle solution promise”
Launched in September 2020, the e-One is zero-noise, zero-pollution, and gives a top speed of 56mph. It also generates savings of around £100 a day compared to standard diesel vehicles, which achieve on average three miles per gallon.
Powered by lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) batteries, the vehicle can produce up to 120kw of power with no independent charging system needed and comes with a five-year/3,000 charging cycle battery warranty. RVS estimates an electric conversion will save up to £100,000 when compared to purchasing a new vehicle direct from a manufacturer.
The e-One was developed in response to the Government's commitment to achieve net-zero by 2050. With more than 300 councils declaring a climate emergency, RVS is in a unique position to offer local authorities across the country an eco-friendly and cost-effective solution.