Transport is responsible for 60 percent of harmful emissions in the ACT, so when it comes to tackling climate change, switching fuelled vehicles to electric ones is a high priority.

Following the addition of 12 battery electric buses to the Transport Canberra fleet this year and a further 90 on the way, the ACT Government has taken another step toward zero emissions by trailing an electric garbage truck.

The electric garbage truck will be based at the government’s Allara St depot in Civic, which has already been fitted with charging infrastructure following an earlier electric tipper truck trial.

The trial will provide an understanding of the features and benefits of electric powered heavy commercial vehicles to provide Canberra with cleaner, quieter waste and recycling collection services in the future.

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Darren Gear from Burcher Municipal NSW/ACT was excited for the proposition of electric garbage trucks for the ACT.

“Bucher Municipal is pleased to be partnering with the ACT Government and Transport Canberra and City Services for a trial of our full electric waste compaction vehicle,” said Darren.

“Our company believes in solving challenges with key partnerships through technology and we strive to develop new equipment that meet environmental outcomes for now and into the future.”

You can read more on electric vehicles and the zero-emissions transition plan on the Transport Canberra website.