Electronics to reduce fuel bills on council refuse lorries

South Northamptonshire Council is incorporating advanced telematics to help cut fuel bills on its refuse vehicles and electric vehicles.

The council, in conjunction with Cherwell District, will also investigate the expansion and improvement of existing electric charging points at council depots as a first step towards changing council vans and cars to electric power.

Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “We are now planning to fit extra electronics to our waste and recycling lorries to help optimise fuel usage on those vehicles. Our drivers are experts and the new technology will help them to get even better economy from the vehicles they drive. We’ve tested a system over a month and it delivered eight per cent fuel savings. Across our fleet of 15 refuse collection vehicles that could mean a saving of up to £20,000 a year.

“Looking ahead, the charging points for our fleet could be extended for public use. Combined with solar panels, like the ones at our Tove Depot in Towcester, we hope eventually to have a light vehicle fleet with zero emissions.”

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