Edinburgh's all Electric Street Sweeper
Edinburgh City Council adds all electric vehicle to its fleet of street sweepers.
09:26 12 November 2020
The first all-electric vehicle in the UK has been added to Edinburgh City Council's fleet of street sweepers. It is part of Edinburgh's sustainability plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions as well as improve air quality throughout the region. The city council is investing to deliver a 100per cent electric car fleet in 2020 and 100per cent electric van fleet by 2023.
The electric vehicle, which is supplied and manufactured by Bucher Municipal, was purchased through grant funding from the Scottish Government's Switched on Fleets initiative. It is expected to help save the council up to £16,000 a year in fuel.
Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener said: “This new electric sweeper represents another step in our removal of diesel vehicles from the council fleet and we’re glad to be an early adopter of the technology.
"Our 2050 Edinburgh City Vision is of a green, thriving and carbon neutral city and it is actions like this, along with our commitment to deliver an electrified transport fleet, that will help us achieve that vision.”
Craig Mitchell, regional sales manager for Bucher Municipal, said: “We’re pleased to be delivering Europe’s first zero emissions, full electric powered truck mounted road sweeper. Bucher Municipal has a long-standing relationship with the Council, and together we’ve been working closely with Transport Scotland, who were able to ensure that the iconic streets of Edinburgh will be swept with the most environmentally friendly sweeper on the market.”