Eine Ansicht des elektrisch betriebenen Sperrmüllfahrzeugs. © BSR.
Eine Ansicht des elektrisch betriebenen Sperrmüllfahrzeugs.

Berlin’s first electric truck for bulk waste disposal

09/11/2013 The Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR), the city’s waste disposal company, presented a new electric truck for bulk waste disposal on 11 September 2013. It will be used in test operations over the next few months. The truck has a fully electric trash compactor as well as a hybrid drive. It is part of the "Electric waste disposal systems” project associated with the "Berlin-Brandenburg International Showcase for Electromobility”.

The Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR), the city’s waste disposal company, presented a new electric truck for bulk waste disposal on 11 September 2013. It will be used in test operations over the next few months. The truck has a fully electric trash compactor as well as a hybrid drive. It is part of the "Electric waste disposal systems” project associated with the "Berlin-Brandenburg International Showcase for Electromobility”.

BSR human resources director  Andreas  Scholz-Fleischmann, BSR project director Renate Lemke, and Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO director Gernot Lobenberg carried out the first compaction of bulk waste with the new truck on-site at the BSR. "This project is yet another sign of the BSR’s commitment to sustainability and innovation,” said Scholz-Fleischmann. "The electric bulk waste truck saves diesel fuel, lowers CO2 emissions, and is quieter. By using this type of forward-looking technology, the BSR is making an important contribution to Berlin’s future. We are actively helping to shape electromobility in the region.”

The project’s partners are the Hüffermann Transportsysteme company (coordination), the Närpes Trä & Metall company (superstructure), Volvo Trucks (chassis), and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK). Additional participating organizations include the Oberhavel (AWU) and the Potsdam waste disposal companies, both of which are testing their own electric vehicles.
The new trash compactor on the BSR bulk waste truck uses a lithium-ion battery, which runs for about 18 hours and is charged at the BSR depot. The superstructure can be used for both refuse collection shifts each day without interruption. In contrast to an electric superstructure, conventional trash compactors are powered by the truck’s engine. As BSR project director Lemke explains, "An electric superstructure can be run independently of the engine. That saves a lot of fuel as well as the associated CO2 emissions. Because the superstructure is extremely quiet, it’s also ideal for use in residential areas.”

The chassis of the BSR bulk waste truck has a hybrid drive consisting of a diesel engine and an electric motor. At low speeds it can be run by the battery-powered motor alone, and at higher speeds the diesel engine is turned on. Whenever possible the truck is driven purely electrically. This lowers fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent compared to conventional such trucks.

Gernot Lobenberg, the director of the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO, emphasized the ever greater importance of electromobility for the capital region. "Electromobility is coming,” he said. "Electric trucks are an important part of the future in this sector. Around 150 electromobility projects are already running in Berlin and Brandenburg. We view Berlin as a laboratory for practical applications in Europe, and want to set an example for similar metropolitan regions worldwide.”

The "Electric waste disposal systems” project is one of around 30 core projects in the "Berlin-Brandenburg International Showcase for Electromobility”. It is receiving around two million euros from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the federal government’s "Electromobility Showcase”. The project is sponsored by the VDI/VDE-IT, an advisory body for innovation and technology. In the spring of 2012 the federal government selected four regions in Germany for this showcase project. The "Berlin-Brandenburg International Showcase for Electromobility” is coordinated by the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO.