Commercial truck OEM Dennis Eagle’s electric 26-ton refuse collection vehicle has gone into service with customers around the UK, and early customers are giving it glowing reviews.
The eCollect is based on Dennis Eagle’s Elite 6×2 rear-steer chassis with Olympus 19-cubic-meter body and Terberg automatic split bin lift. This is the company’s best-selling vehicle configuration, so it’s already familiar to most drivers, operators and maintenance teams. The diesel engine, transmission and other legacy components have been replaced by a 300 kWh battery system and a 200 kW electric drivetrain.
The eCollect has gone through two years of safety, efficiency and homologation compliance tests. “Such extensive testing requires a huge investment in time, money and resources and consequently, this is the hallmark of an OEM,” said Dennis Eagle Sales and Marketing Director Richard Taylor. “It means our customers can feel totally confident that the eCollect will deliver what they are expecting in terms of safety, efficiency and operational costs.”
“The zero-emissions eCollect is a viable alternative to our best-selling diesel vehicle—both commercially and operationally—but it represents much more than that,” Taylor continued. “If you consider that RCVs routinely visit every street where people live in every community in the country, the positive impact of having an emissions-free option in our industry is very significant indeed. The fact that we have reached the point where we can produce a 26-ton vehicle for such an energy-demanding role also speaks volumes about how far electric vehicles have developed in recent years and how much more widespread they will become in the near future.”
The first vehicle went into service with Nottingham City Council, which bought two eCollects. Islington Council and Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service soon followed, and several other municipal customers, including Dundee, York and Oxford, are planning to put eCollects into service shortly.
“The electric RCV is the Holy Grail of municipal vehicles and we have wanted one for years, so to finally get our hands on them and put them in to service emptying bins is very satisfying indeed,” said Nottingham City Council Assistant Manager (Fleet) Andrew Smith. “Both our eCollects are in operation and both are out-performing the diesels they replaced. In the first few weeks we have saved around 60 to 70 liters of diesel per truck per day.”
“The drivers love them,” Smith continued. “They don’t want to go back to diesel vehicles. They say they’re easier to drive, and they particularly love the extra torque. Parts of Nottingham are quite hilly and diesel trucks can struggle with a big load, but these eCollects take it in their stride. Our eCollects have been going out at 6:30 am and finishing at around 1:30 pm, collecting a full load, then a smaller one—up to 18 tons in total. But they’re coming back with 40% charge remaining. The vehicles are finishing quicker, shaving around an hour off the run time. So, all in all, we’re delighted with them.”
Toshiba has developed a new magnetic material with characteristics that could improve motor efficiency at low cost.
Motors account for approximately half of the world’s electric power consumption. Toshiba says its new material boosts energy conversion efficiency when used as the wedges in motors, particularly in medium-to-large induction motors. The material can be installed at minimal cost with no need for design changes.
Wedges in motors prevent motor coils from falling out of their slots. They are normally made of non-magnetic material, but magnetic material has been found to guide magnetic flux toward the wedges, improving efficiency. However, the conventional magnetic material used as the wedges consists of spherical magnetic metal particles with insufficient control of the magnetic flux, causing leaks to unwanted directions. The magnetic wedge material itself has high magnetic loss and low heat resistance, making it unsuitable for applications that require high heat resistance.
Through testing in an induction motor in railway rolling stock drive systems, Toshiba observed an efficiency increase of 0.9 percent, an improvement approaching the efficiency of permanent magnet synchronous motors. The material also offers additional heat resistance, making it suitable for applications such as automobiles, robots and industrial and medical equipment.
Commercial EV-builder Motiv Power Systems has secured $20 million in financing from investment firm Crescent Cove Advisors, and expects to raise additional funding at the close of the Series C funding round now in progress. Motiv plans to use the new capital to scale operational and manufacturing capabilities to meet growing demand.
Motiv’s EPIC product line is aimed at medium-duty fleets, and is available for multiple configurations, including step vans, box trucks, work trucks, shuttle buses, school buses, trolleys and specialty vehicles. Motiv’s EVs use BMW battery packs, and are built on Ford eQVM-approved platforms, such as the F-59, E-450 and F-53. The final stage of the vehicle build is performed by established bus and truck partners, using bodies that are already familiar to fleet customers.
Jun Hong Heng, Chief Investment Officer at Crescent Cove, commented, “Motiv’s success with medium-duty electrification has made them a trusted partner for many of the biggest fleet names in North America.”
“Motiv is entering an exciting stage of growth and development in our mission to free fleets from fossil fuels,” said Matt O’Leary, Motiv’s Chairman and CEO.
All the hype over electric vehicles could lose much of its charge over a continued weak link: the used EV market. There are about 44,000 used-car dealerships in the U.S. today, and roughly a quarter of those have never sold an EV. Outside of some boutique dealerships in EV-savvy cities on the West Coast and elsewhere (and outside of the Tesla…
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Cities in Europe and elsewhere are being forced to come up with some innovative public charging solutions. Faced with the task of providing charging to residents who do not have assigned parking spaces, they need chargers that can be installed in large numbers throughout city centers, without consuming valuable space on already-crowded streets and sidewalks.
A company called char.gy began testing lamppost chargers in London in 2018. Now the Spanish city of Valencia has announced plans for a lamppost charging pilot, under an EU initiative called Humble Lamp Post, which hopes eventually to install no less than 10 million “smart lampposts” in various EU cities.
The city of Valencia has begun installing 12 “semi-rapid” chargers in lampposts located in various neighborhoods. The goal of the 30,000-euro project is to study the viability of extending this system to the entire city. Via the Humble Lamp Post initiative, the city hopes to acquire a large number of charge points at low cost, without the need to install new electrical service.
The chargers will be installed in pairs, so each streetlight will have two charging points, with a combined 14 kW of charging power. Each will have two adjacent parking spaces dedicated to plug-in vehicles.
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