Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Waste, BCP Council, said: “We made a clear commitment to our residents that we would make Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole cleaner, greener and safer for everyone. These four new zero emission vehicles really are making a positive difference to our air quality, whilst also serving our residents in ensuring waste collections are timely and efficient.”
To draw attention to the new zero emissions fleet, the council asked Creative Vehicle Wrapping (CVW) to wrap the vehicles to let residents know that the vehicles are ‘Powered by 100% green electricity’.
Each electric refuse vehicle is expected to save between 30-40 tonnes of CO2 annually. This reduction in carbon is in line with the council’s wider sustainable fleet replacement strategy, which looks to replace 104 diesel powered vehicles over the next three years.
Jon Siviter, Director, Creative Vehicle Wrapping, added: “BCP Council’s commitment to addressing the climate emergency is commendable and wrapping this new electric fleet is a great way to convey the carbon emission savings to residents.”
A distributor of Wheely-Safe technology CVW also supplied and fitted intelligent wheel and tyre safety systems to the vehicles.
Jon continued: “Not only do the vehicles reduce noise and air pollution we have enhanced their safety with tyre pressure monitoring and wheel loss safety systems. We look forward to working with BCP Council in the future and support their efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030.”
Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader, BCP Council, added: “We are the first council in the south of England to purchase four refuse vehicles of this high specification, which demonstrates this council’s ongoing commitment and determination to tackle climate change. Our area is fast becoming one of the most forward-thinking city-regions in the country, which is driving innovation and change. I’m proud that we have taken such positive and bold steps which has such a positive environmental impact.
“As sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost saving as these amazing vehicles are – there is one downside, however. As these vehicles are so much quieter, residents are going to have to make an extra effort to remember their bin collection days. No more dressing gown dashes with the bins when you hear the diesel trucks rumbling up the street!”