Urbaser wins AEDIVE innovation award for developing first heavy-duty MSW collection vehicle

The first vehicle in the world of its type offers a reduction in CO2 emissions comparable to the emissions of a plane carrying 284 passengers from Madrid to New York and enables waste collection with zero emissions.

Urbaser has just received the AEDIVE-Santiago Losada 2017 innovation award for developing the first 100% electric heavy duty truck for the automatic selective collection of municipal solid waste. The panel of judges for this award, presented by the Spanish Association for the Development and Promotion of the Electric Vehicle (AEDIVE), emphasised the innovative features of the truck, which is currently being tested in the city of Barcelona and is expected to be in full operation by November 1st 2017.

The panel of judges was made up of Alejandro Cros, Sub-director General of Industrial Sector Policies and Juan Manuel Garrido, Sub-director General for the Promotion of Innovation (both from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness); Valvanera Ullargui, Director General of the Spanish Office of Climate Change; Isabel del Olmo, Director of the Department of Transport at the Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving; Susana Gómez, Assistant Sub-director of Vehicles at the Directorate General for Traffic and Jon Asín, president of AEDIVE.

Through this initiative, Urbaser seeks to help improve sustainability in cities by eliminating contaminating CO2 emissions and particles, as well as reducing noise pollution. The truck –known as the Urbaelectric– boasts exactly the same features as other heavy-duty vehicles that engage in automatic waste collection from urban containers. For the purpose of this project, Urbaser joined forces with the Italian company Rampini, which specialises in vehicle design and conversion.

The new 100%-electric vehicle reduces CO2 emissions by 96 tonnes per vehicle per annum compared to a diesel-driven heavy-duty refuse collection truck, a figure comparable to the annual emissions associated with the electricity supply to 82 households or the emissions produced by a plane carrying 284 passengers from Madrid to New York. The Urbaelectric has a charging time of 5 hours, which enables a service period of 8 hours and a range of between 100 and 130 Km. It operates with an energy storage system based on lithium-ion traction batteries boasting the first ECE 100.02 certification awarded to a company in Europe. The vehicle is equipped with a Siemens traction drive.