Brighton adds electric vehicles to refuse fleet 

Brighton and Hove city council has announced it has added four electric HGV’s provided by  Terberg/Ros Roca to its refuse and recycling fleet. 

The vehicles consist of a top-loading truck for glass collections and three refuse collection (RCV) vehicles and join an electric side loading RCV, which was added to the councils’ fleet last month.  

According to the council, the new vehicles go into service next month, once the registration process is completed. 

It has also invested in electric vehicle charging facilities as its Hollingdean depot and taken a delivery of two additional vehicles to replace old trucks. 

The council stated that a single electric RCV aims to save around £20,000 per year in fuel and decrease maintenance costs by 75%. It also highlighted that electric vehicles produce little-to-no emissions, with one side loading RCV being expected to save 2.6 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, the equivalent of seven return flights to Gatwick to Barcelona. 


Councillor Tim Rowkins, cabinet member for net zero and environmental services, said: “These new electric vehicles are helping to improve service delivery for residents across Brighton and  Hove, and will contribute to cleaner air as they travel around the city. 

“The new state of the art charging facilities are another game-changer, setting the service up for a positive future, saving money on fuel and making an important contribution to reducing emissions – approximately 640,000 tonnes a year – from the council’s fleet.” 


Councillor Trevor Muten, cabinet member for transport, parking and public realm, said: “The new infrastructure and electric vehicles are an important part of our commitment to improving air quality and improving the health and wellbeing of residents. 

“It’s part of our strategic approach for cleaner transport, for example plans for hundreds more EV charging points for residents and visitors and cheaper charging for EV vehicles. It also complements the recent successful bid with Brighton and Hove Buses for zero emissions buses.” 

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