Another option in the search for lower fuel consumption and reduced noise emissions is the battery set that is charged via the “plug-in process” and used for the electrical operation of the body and lifter of refuse collection vehicles.
This system is called E-POWER.
With conventional vehicles, the main engine provides energy for compacting and emptying containers via the pump linked to the auxiliary drive. With E-POWER vehicles, a battery pack which can be charged overnight at low power consumption times provides the energy for the electrical drive of the body and lifter.
There is further potential for saving fuel if the vehicle engine is switched off when loading. The large electrical energy accumulator means the engine can easily be started again electrically to continue on its way.
This option depends on the chassis manufacturer’s approval.