Council continues trials of electric vehicle

Dudley Council is continuing its trial of an electric vehicle for waste collection this week.

The electric vehicle, a previous diesel vehicle that has been upcycled to run on electricity, is covering multiple rounds throughout the week to help the local authority establish capacity and give the crews an opportunity to trial the new technologies.

Residents are advised that their collections could be later or earlier than usual this week, and that people should leave waste at the kerbside until it is collected. Councillor Damian Corfield, cabinet member for highways and environmental services, said:

“It is fantastic to be behind the wheel of the electric vehicle today, these vehicles are great to drive and have attracted a lot of positive attention from our residents so far today.

“We are learning a lot about the capacity of the vehicles, which we will need to navigate through the borough’s hilly terrain and busy roads.

“I am hopeful that it will eventually help us move towards further cutting our own carbon emissions and saving money for our residents.”

The authority also trialled the upcycled electric refuse vehicle last month. The pilots form part of the authority’s commitment to invest in renewable energy. Councillor Dr Rob Clinton, cabinet member for climate change, said:

“Dudley Council is committed to looking at ways to be completely EV in the future and the vehicles could play a major part in reaching our goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing the data off the back of this week’s trials, which will further help us establish the capabilities of this technology and how we can integrate EV in the future.”

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