Sunday, June 23, 2024

Electric waste vehicle delivered for Toowoomba


A new specially-built electric waste collection vehicle has been 12 months in the making for Toowoomba.

The truck, produced by Volvo Trucks, was built from the ground up for operator, J.J. Richards, specifically to service the Toowoomba Region.

Toowoomba Regional Council says the new vehicle has been trialled over the past few weeks and will be put into service from tomorrow.

Waste portfolio Councillor, Melissa Taylor said the new electric truck was a welcome addition to the J.J. Richards Toowoomba Region waste collection fleet.

“An electric vehicle in service collecting waste from around the Toowoomba Region is in direct alignment with Council’s sustainability focus right across the organisation,” Cr Taylor said.

Waste portfolio Councillor, Melissa Taylor with the new electric waste collection truck.

“As part of the recently signed contract with J.J. Richards, Council required innovative solutions for waste collection. This solution reduces operational costs, increases flexibility in the service offered and is better for the environment.

“This vehicle, while achieving significant fuel and emission reductions, is also servicing parks and inner CBD sites that are difficult to access, which is a real win for the community.

“TRC strives to be innovative in all that we do and there’s no doubt an electric waste collection vehicle achieves that goal as part of the contract with J.J. Richards.”

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