Veolia trials Volvo electric garbage truck

Veolia Australia and New Zealand are trialling a new electric powered Volvo garbage truck in Canberra.

The bright green rig has been aptly named The Green machine, in reference to the Raiders.

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The new truck is part of a partnership with Volvo which aims to work towards a lower emission future for the company.

Veolia recently committed to further accelerate the transition of its 2700 strong fleet to electric vehicles.

Canberrans will see The Green Machine on their streets collecting rubbish from mid January and into February as Veolia tests its capabilities in tight spots and over distance.

The hard to miss truck has a bright leafy green design that features a big power cord and a giant plug, which Veolia COO Tony Roderick says is intentional.

“The livery is very much a statement about our future being low emissions and electric, not just for Veolia and rubbish collection but for every part of the economy in Australia’s sustainable future,” Roderick says.

“This first EV purchase is going to be crucial to our Canberra operations. We’ll be looking to get the most data we can from the trial of the Green Machine, testing its performance to ensure we understand the benefits of EV vehicles in our fleet and to know what changes we need to make to bring them into our business.

“The Canberra trial is just one part of Veolia’s mission of ecological transformation to achieve a sustainable future. We are constantly on the lookout in every part of our business to reduce carbon emissions.”

This new sustainability focus can be seen at the new EV charging stations at three facilities in Queensland, with plans for 20 more charging stations nationally by early 2024.

All of these sites will be linked to a monitoring system to determine where further energy efficiencies can be found, with some chargers available for public use.

The Green Machine trial and all these changes are part of Veolia’s Decarbonisation project, which aims to use solar power to offset the company’s energy consumption right across its operations.

Together with the installation of EV chargers at multiple sites around the country, this will eventually support the complete transition from fossil fuel trucks to electric vehicles.

“So often, we get a sense that big changes are coming when they touch close to home and for Canberrans this will be more true than ever. There are fewer things closer to where you live than your early morning garbage collection,” Roderick says.

“This may seem a small step as we move towards a sustainable, low emissions future, but it is yet another sign that Veolia and Canberra residents continue to lead the way in changing the world for the better. ”

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