Electric refuse collection vehicle joins Dutch trial

A DAF CF Electric 6x2 refuse collection truck has entered service with Dutch waste disposal firm ROVA as part of a field test comprising four vehicles.

The CF Electric, which features a VDL electric powertrain with electric VDL refuse collection equipment, began work on 5 March and will be operated at up to 28 tonnes GVW for around 100km a day in the city of Zwolle.

Like the DAF CF Electric 4x2 tractor that has been in use in city distribution roles in the Netherlands and Germany since late 2018, the 3-axle RCV features a VDL E-power driveline providing 210kW of power and 2,000Nm of torque, powered by a 170kWh battery pack. The battery can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes, while a full charge takes 1.5 hours, using a 300kW fast charger.

The ROVA CF Electric is fitted with a side-loading refuse collection body also powered by the main truck battery.

ROVA general director Marco van Lente said: “The DAF CF Electric is just as good and easy to operate as any conventionally powered truck. It is in our DNA to take care of the future of our planet and the use of low emission vehicles is part of our sustainability plan.”

A spokesman for DAF told CM the other three CF Electrics in the trial – also refuse collection vehicles – would be put into operation by companies in the south and west of the Netherlands “shortly”.

The spokesman added that the DAF CF Electric would be made available in all the main European markets including the UK by the end of 2021, subject to local market demand.

From the Frontline: Jerry Kiersey, operations director at Green Tiger Group, talks about the impact of COVID-19 on his business

“COVID-19 is having a massive impact on our company, and is threatening its very survival,” said Jerry Kiersey, operations director at Green Tiger Group.

However, the car transporter specialist, which operates a fleet of Euro-6 trucks in the UK and Ireland, says it has been thrown a lifeline by Ellesmere Port Scania. The dealership, which is part of Haydock Commercials, has offered a moratorium on the Green Tiger Group’s R&M agreements of up to six months.

“Without this, they would have expired by the time we returned to work, without us benefitting from them,” explained a grateful Kiersey. He went onto explain that Ellesmere Port Scania manager Mark Urmston also offered to waive parking and weekly check fees.

“It is extremely generous of them, and means a great deal when trying to cope with what is happening,” said Kiersey. “The package of support they have offered us will ensure that when COVID-19 is over we will still be in business. If this spirit of mutual support prevails throughout the industry, not only will the industry survive, it will be a better one for it.”