Two new electric refuse collection vehicles will soon be helping to empty household bins across Nottingham City.

Nottingham City Council has purchased two of the world’s first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Dennis Eagle eCollect fully electric refuse collection vehicles to support their aim to be Carbon Neutral by 2028. The first one was delivered to Nottingham City Council’s Eastcroft Depot yesterday (Thursday), with the second arriving a couple of weeks later.

The vehicles – manufactured in the UK by – Dennis Eagle and supplied to Nottingham City Council by Terberg Matec UK as part of the Nottinghamshire RCV procurement contract – will replace diesel equivalents and it is estimated that they will save the taxpayer £32,000 per year in running costs (£16,000 each) and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the city by 52 tonnes per year – the equivalent of 2,000 trees (1,000 each).

Cllr Sally Longford, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Democratic Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “The two electric refuse collection vehicles are among the first ones off the production line – which is very exciting for Nottingham. This is recognition of Nottingham’s place as a leader in the EV field and putting innovative EVs into operation.

“These vehicles are yet another first for Nottingham, adding to our award-winning, innovative fleet of zero emission vehicles which already boasts the first fully electric sweepers, cage tippers and minibuses to be run by a local authority in the UK. We are leading by example and electrifying the refuse collection fleet is a major step forward in our aims to deliver clean air in our city and a huge step towards our Carbon Neutral goals.

“A total of 30 per cent of our vehicles are fully electric, emitting no emissions whatsoever and these lorries further underline our commitment to having a fleet which consists of as many ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) as possible by 2028.

Richard Taylor, Sales and Marketing Director at Dennis Eagle said: “It’s very encouraging to work with a forward-thinking local authority like Nottingham City Council. Their ambitious plans will not only benefit people who live or work in the city but will also help drive the switch to electric vehicles across the UK.

“I am very proud of the eCollect and delighted that the team at Nottingham, which has genuine insight into electric vehicles, was so determined to take delivery of two of the first to roll off our production line.”

Nottingham City Council already has 140 zero emission vehicles. The council is making great strides toward reducing the carbon and nitrogen dioxide impacts of transport in Nottingham.