City of London adopts fully electric RCV fleet

Published:  08 April, 2019

The City of London Corporation has awarded a new waste collection, street cleansing and ancillary services contract to Veolia – with services that began on 6 April.

As part of the contract, the City Corporation aims to become the first authority in the UK to run a fully electric fleet of RCVs. The seven-strong fleet consists of six Electra  DE350 chassis, weighing 18 tonnes on a 4x3 axle. The refuse body is a Dennis Eagle Olympus OL10, while one vehicle is based on an Electra 6x2 chassis with a Dennis Eagle Olympus body OL21 body, weighing 26 tonnes.

The Lithium battery packs have been specially designed for the demanding loads endured in the City of London’s vehicle delivery cycles. The battery packs are 100% recyclable and have a duty cycle which ensures a long life with minimal degradation.

The Dennis Eagle and Electra RCVs, deployed by Veolia and CoL will be equipped with 360-degree cameras and audible warning reversal systems to improve safety.

The vehicles will use onboard weighing equipment to digitally record bin weights at residential properties, enabling recycling performance to be efficiently calculated. And street cleaners will carry hand-held devices for on-the-go reporting and job completion.

All vehicles will be digitally tracked to monitor and auto-allocate cleansing tasks dependant on geographical location and capacity.

The contract will deliver 74 solar auto-compacting Bigbelly bins, which send notifications to collection crews when they are full, enabling more waste to be collected.

The new portfolio will see Veolia managing the following areas in the Square Mile:

  • Domestic waste collection
  • Commercial waste
  • Recycling collections
  • Street cleansing
  • Winter maintenance
  • Special event preparation and clean-up operations
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Gully servicing

Jeremy Simons, Chair of the City Corporation’s Port Health and Environmental Services Committee, said: ‘This pioneering technology-driven contract aims to exceed the high standards people expect of our waste and cleansing services whether they work, visit or live in the City.

‘The Square Mile is a world-leading international financial centre with over half a million daily workers, 7,500 residents and 18.4 million visitors a year.

‘They rightly expect the best and I’m delighted that Veolia has been appointed to deliver this contract.’

Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice-President for Veolia UK & Ireland said: ‘We are excited to bring industry-leading knowledge to the City of London and to deliver innovative and sustainable technologies to this unique part of the capital.

‘The new tech-driven service will bring significant benefits to the community and the environment.

‘The new fleet of electric vehicles will play a significant role in improving local air quality, with real-time data technologies delivering greater synergies between collections and street cleansing operations.

‘We look forward to working with the City Corporation to provide an efficient and reliable service, which enhances the lives of those living and working in the area while providing a design for a more sustainable future.’

Veolia is a leading resource management company with extensive experience and expertise, delivering contracts throughout Europe.

The company was appointed following a competitive tender process, with the electric fleet to be mobilised within the first year of the contract.

In delivering the service the firm will look after 63km of the City’s public roads and 15km of public footpaths, covering signposts to fountains and paving to street lighting, working to make the City’s streets clean, safe and well-managed.

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