Dundee continues with fleet electrification plans

Two new electric bin lorries have been added by Dundee City Council in the latest element of the local authority’s drive to electrify transport in the city.

Local electricity network operator, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution has facilitated the council’s net zero ambitions by installing new substations and connecting electric vehicle chargers to the underground electricity network serving the city.

Dundee City Council is at the forefront of the switch to the electrification of transport through the Drive Dundee Electric campaign, which focuses on promoting and supporting the uptake of electric vehicles in the city.

The arrival of the new HGVs boosts the growing number of EVs at the council, adding to two minibuses, more than 100 electric cars, and a mechanical street sweeper – powered by electricity and connected to the network by SSEN.

The 26-tonne Dennis Eagle machines, which the council claims are the first two electric bin lorries in Scotland, will be followed by four more in 2021. Within the next nine years, all 36 bin lorries will be converted to electric, which will equate to a carbon dioxide emission saving of 720,000kg.

Barry Will, SSEN distribution’s head of connections, said: “As the electricity distribution network operator serving Dundee, we are proud to play our part in supporting Dundee City Council with the installation of new substations and network connections to facilitate the electrification of transport in the city.

“At SSEN, we stand ready to support and accelerate vital green investment in our communities, powering the transition to a cleaner, greener future and enabling cities like Dundee to achieve their net zero ambitions.”

Mark Flynn, convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, added: “The bin lorries that have been added to our fleet and are now working on refuse routes in the city are a very obvious physical demonstration of the council’s continued commitment to clean air. Not only are they good for the environment, they will also save money in fuel costs when compared with their fossil fuel counterparts and on servicing and regular maintenance.

“Robust electric commercial vehicle charger provision is clearly critical to their continued success and despite the challenges faced during the pandemic these have been installed, tested and are now operational.”

  • image courtesy of Dundee City Council

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