On August 18, Republic Services’ first electrified recycling vehicle (EV) hit the streets in Boise, Idaho. This 21-ton, fully electric, recycling rear-load vehicle is collecting commercial recycling throughout Boise, with more EVs scheduled to join the fleet in the future.
Fleet electrification provides environmental benefits like energy efficiency, quieter streets, and significantly lower emissions on a per-mile basis. Electric trucks powered by the grid in Idaho will see a 93 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions versus diesel, and a 91 percent reduction in emissions versus Compressed Natural Gas. This helps Republic’s efforts to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 35 percent by 2030.
“The environmental services industry is well-suited to take advantage of electrification, and Republic Services is leading these efforts,” said Ryan Lawler, Republic Services’ director of Northwest operations. “We’re honored to partner with a forward-thinking municipality like Boise, and believe this truck will benefit local residents, our employees and the environment.”
“This is a great example of how innovation and partnerships can help us achieve our broader climate goals. Clean air, less reliance on fossil fuels and a firm commitment to transitioning to clean electricity benefits all residents and businesses in Boise,” said Boise Mayor Lauren McLean.
Collection trucks drive short and consistent distances, make hundreds of stops throughout the day, and return to a base where they can recharge overnight. The commercial recycling rear load vehicle can run for 10 hours and complete an entire route. EVs also promise a superior customer experience, with cleaner and quieter operations in communities like Boise that are committed to sustainability.