Did you know that we are delivering essential services with a growing fleet of battery and hybrid electric vehicles?
It is important to know that Council is still able to innovate as we move towards financial recovery, and we will continue to do so where there is a community benefit. We are active in our commitment for a sustainable future and we pledged to be a leader in the use of more sustainable transport, which we are doing.
What are the benefits?
Each hybrid or electric vehicle has displaced a full fossil-fuelled vehicle that had reached its end of service life and this means that not only are we being environmentally conscious, but we are also ensuring our equipment is as cost-effective as possible.
Development of the electric vehicle industry also has far broader benefits than those that relate solely to the environment. For example, transitioning to hybrid and electric vehicles also presented us with some great opportunities to upskill our mechanics in ‘high-voltage’ servicing so we can look after the vehicles. Battery and hybrid electric vehicles also reduce fuel and operating costs and little to no tail pipe emissions means cleaner air for community members.
About the fleet
In 2019 we introduced the first 100 percent electric vehicle into our fleet, which already included several hybrid passenger vehicles. We commenced design on our first electric truck and were expecting delivery of our first hybrid 20-tonne excavator.
Since then, our electric fleet has expanded to include the first in NSW, full battery electric tipper truck currently used at our Buttondery Waste Management Facility. We are also considering options to utilise electricity generated from the onsite solar or methane gas extracted from the landfill to recharge this and other vehicles.
In addition to our hybrid 20-tonne excavator, we have six hybrid electric trucks, nine full battery electric passenger vehicles and 112 hybrid electric passenger vehicles. This makes up one third of our passenger fleet and means we have one of the largest local government fleets in NSW.