The Kāpiti’s Coast Council’s first electric rubbish truck is now being tested before it becomes part of the Council vehicle fleet.
It’s been built by Zero Emission Vehicles, a Clean Technology Centre business, and must satisfy 32 tests before it’s accepted by Council.
The truck is being driven by electrical vehicle specialists Tecnico and Council staff over the route it will be used on, as well as a ‘rolling road’ set up at the Clean Technology Centre in Otaki.
The testing phase is expected to take two to three weeks. KCDC’s Climate Energy Adviser, Jake Roos, says the truck is performing well, but there has been a teething problem with its software.
He adds: “This is why we have such rigorous testing prior to formally accepting any commissioned vehicle as cutting edge and novel as this.
“Once the truck has been fully tested and accepted by Council, Kāpiti residents will see it cruising around emptying public rubbish bins without polluting the environment.”