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Veolia unveils Volvo electric garbage truck

Veolia is continuing its sustainability efforts with the unveiling of a new electric garbage truck provided by Volvo

Environmental solutions company Veolia Australia and New Zealand has teamed up with Volvo to begin trialing a new electric garbage truck in Canberra. 

Veolia says Canberra residents will be able to see the truck on streets collecting rubbish as it tests its capabilities in tight spots and across long distances. 

Veolia waste chief operating officer Tony Roderick says the trucks bright leafy design which features a big power cord and a giant plug was 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. 

We’ll be looking to get the most data we can from the trial of the truck, testing its performance to ensure we understand the benefits of electric vehicles (EV) 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.” 

Veolia says it has started to focus on helping reduce Australia’s carbon emissions in other areas, including through the rollout of EV charging stations at three facilities in Queensland. 

Veolia says it plans to have an additional 20 charging stations nationally by early 2024, with each site to be linked through a monitoring system to determine where further energy efficiencies can be found. 

The trial and the EV charging stations form part of Veolia’s decarbonisation project, which aims to use solar power to offset its energy consumption. Veolia says this will eventually support the complete transition from fossil fuel trucks to electric vehicles. 

“This may seem like a small step as we move towards a 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,” Roderick says. 

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