Waste Management’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Innovation Hub has recently  completed our first local and 100% electric truck conversion!

Our electric box body truck yesterday commenced operating out of our  Technical Services branch in East Tamaki, Auckland, collecting medical  waste from Middlemore and Greenlane Hospitals.

The truck has had the engine, gearbox, fuel system, exhaust system  (and many other sub-components) removed and replaced with a fully  electric drive train. It now has a theoretical range of approximately  200km between charges.

The body and tail lift unit were refurbished and remounted from an  older medical waste truck, not only giving new life to an existing  asset, but resulting in substantial cost savings.

The electric box body also features an innovative, company first,  360° camera system that gives the driver a “bird’s eye view” of the  truck. This camera system allows the driver to easily manoeuvre the  truck in difficult spots at low speeds. For safety, security and  insurance purposes, video feeds are also taken from separate driver and  cargo facing cameras.

An adaptive reverse alarm is also featured on this truck, which  raises- and lowers the volume in accordance with ambient noise levels.  This ensures that the truck is ultra-quiet when servicing medical  institutions, yet still noticeable by pedestrians and workers around the  truck.