Edinburgh sweeps forward with launch of new e-vehicle: The City of Edinburgh Council has presented a new all-electric vehicle (EV) that will accompany its fleet of street sweepers.

The 15-tonne EV’s 200kWh battery can achieve an 8-hour sweeping shift & can be fully recharged inside of 5 hours.

It is anticipated to produce only 39kg of CO2 daily, a reduction from 150kg of CO2 emitted by diesel sweepers a day.

The council – which is said to be the first local authority to roll out the electric sweeper – is estimated to save £18,000 a year in fuel compared to its diesel counterparts.

Using the new technology is part of the council’s drive towards net zero carbon emissions in Edinburgh by 2030 and its extensive sustainability plan, that involves improving air quality & introducing low emissions zones.

The council also prepares to discard diesel vehicles from its fleet & replace smaller vehicles with electric ones, hoping to deliver a 100% electric car fleet in 2020 and 100% electric van fleet by 2023.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener stated: “This new electric sweeper represents another step in our removal of diesel vehicles from the Council fleet and we’re glad to be an early adopter of the technology.

“Our 2050 Edinburgh City Vision is of a green, thriving and carbon neutral city and it is actions like this, along with our commitment to deliver an electrified transport fleet, that will help us achieve that vision.”

The sweeper, manufactured & supplied by Bucher Municipal, was bought by through grant funding by the Scottish Government’s Switched on Fleets initiative.

Edinburgh sweeps forward with launch of new e-vehicle

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