Three Wheeling into the Future
Veolia is trialling innovative electric tricycles that have been designed for on-street waste collection as part of its contract with Westminster City Council.
The small electric vehicles are powered by batteries that assist the rider with the additional weight of the tipping body tank where waste is loaded. In comparison to a normal barrow used by a street sweeper, which has a total capacity of 20kg, both e-tricycles that are being deployed for the trial can carry a maximum of 150kg and manoeuvre in even the tightest of streets and pedestrian spaces.
During the three-month trial, one of the e-tricycles will operate in the Victoria area, with the second assigned to the West End. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the company describes the e-tricycles as “people friendly” as they offer a safe clean air solution for street waste collections.
Julie Angulo, General Manager for Veolia Westminster, explains:
“The electric tricycle trial is another testament to Veolia’s ongoing commitment to create greener cities by constantly providing sustainable and innovative waste solutions.
We are extremely proud to collaborate with forward thinking local authority partners such as Westminster City Council and to keep trialling alternative fleet solutions. We will continue to support the council in fulfilling their commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030.”
Councillor Melvyn Caplan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Management and Communities, Westminster City Council, adds:
“Westminster City Council is committed to utilising new technology to keep our streets clean and reduce our carbon footprint.
“These new vehicles offer an innovative and efficient solution to waste collection, and I am pleased to be working in partnership with Veolia to deliver a cleaner and greener city for all.”