Electric refuse vehicle trial in Hampshire with Serco, VEV and RVS

Commercial Motor
March 22, 2024

The Serco Group is trialing two electric refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) in Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor. Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) refurbished the vehicles from diesel powered models and replaced the original powertrain with a zero emission battery-electric drivetrain. Supplied by VEV, the company has also installed charging infrastructure and will monitor the eRCVs with its VEV-IQ platform. This will be used during the trial to assess routes, charging schedules, power usage and CO2 savings.

VEV CEO, Mike Nakrani, said: “Electrifying recycling and refuse collection gives local councils the opportunity to significantly reduce carbon emissions and noise pollution simultaneously, compared to a conventionally powered vehicle. We are pleased to work with RVS and Serco to deliver on the climate emergency targets of Basingstoke and Deane, and Hart and Rushmoor councils. We’re confident in proving the operational and business case for fleet electrification to reduce the carbon footprint of local council fleets, while delivering a cleaner, quieter environment for local residents.”

Spencer Law, founder and CEO of Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd. said, “RVS is pleased to be working in collaboration with VEV to address the significant costs of fleet electrification faced by the waste industry. Since our launch of the e-One electric conversion in 2020, we’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from across the industry, affirming its pivotal role in shaping the future of sustainable waste management. Our pilot scheme is an excellent, risk-free opportunity to explore eRCV adoption with ongoing support, and ultimately to advance on essential net-zero objectives”.

George Roach, regional director for Serco Environmental Services, said: “Serco is proud to be partnering with VEV, RVS and Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor councils for this pilot, which sees preloved diesel vehicles taken off the road and upcycled into low emission electric vehicles, supporting both our and the local authorities’ net carbon zero targets.”

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