These new electric trucks from Volvo could soon be collecting your garbage

May 17, 2018 by  
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Swedish multinational manufacturing company Volvo has revealed its two new electric truck models, designed with tasks such as delivery and refuse collection in mind. These electric trucks could replace those currently on the road for these services, vehicles that are a major source of diesel emissions in urban areas worldwide. “This opens the door to new forms of cooperation with cities that target to improve air quality, reduce traffic noise, and cut congestion during peak hours since commercial operations can instead be carried out quietly and without tale-pipe exhaust emissions early in the morning or late at night,” Volvo Trucks President Claes Nilsson said in a statement . Volvo’s new electric trucks seem well suited to European cities, many of which are moving towards reducing or even eliminating the use of internal combustion vehicles in the coming years. The newly revealed models also recognize the rising consumer demand for cleaner air, thus cleaner vehicles. “We believe that the technology today is mature when it comes to performance, range and weight in these type of applications in city use,” said Nilsson. Volvo plans to continue to develop new models of electric trucks going forward. Related: Volvo will only sell electric cars starting in 2019 One of the trucks, the Volvo FL Electric, is smaller than other models so as to better serve the needs of dense urban areas. “Today, each of our 300 conventional refuse vehicles emits approximately 31,300 kg carbon dioxide every year,”  Rüdiger Siechau, CEO of Stadtreinigung Hamburg,  said in a statement. “An electrically powered refuse truck with battery that stands a full shift of eight to ten hours is a breakthrough in technology.” Because of its electric engine, the Volvo FL Electric is able to deliver cargo inside a building without producing health-harming emissions. The silent engine also opens up new possibilities for serving cities. Volvo’s electric trucks follow its previous production of more than four thousand electric buses and their ongoing reconfiguration of its battery supply chain, which would ensure a more positive environmental impact. Via CleanTechnica Images via Volvo Trucks

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Levels of ozone-destroying CFCs are mysteriously rising

May 17, 2018 by  
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Globally banned by the Montreal protocol in 1987 for their ozone-destroying properties, chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) chemicals are experiencing a comeback. In recent years, levels of CFCs have increased suddenly and mysteriously. Now, scientists are racing to determine the source of the problem. U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researcher Stephen Montzka discovered this unusual trend. “I have been doing this for 27 years and this is the most surprising thing I’ve ever seen,” he told the Guardian . “I was just shocked by it. We are acting as detectives of the atmosphere, trying to understand what is happening and why.” There is global concern that this unexplained CFC revival could do serious environmental damage. “If these emissions continue unabated, they have the potential to slow down the recovery of the ozone layer,” head of UN Environment Erik Solheim told the Guardian . “It’s therefore critical that we identify the precise causes of these emissions and take the necessary action.” After investigating several explanations, researchers now suggest that the new CFC production is taking place somewhere in East Asia . Related: Antarctic ozone layer shows “first fingerprints of healing” The second most damaging CFC chemical , CFC-11, has most notably been on the rise. It is possible that the investigation will lead to a shutdown of the CFC production even before the exact source is determined. “I have a feeling that we will find out fairly quickly what exactly is going on and that the situation will be remedied,” Montzka said. “Somebody who was maybe doing it purposefully will realize — oh, someone is paying attention — and stop doing it.” + National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos (1, 2)

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Electric Garbage Trucks Coming to Paris

December 21, 2010 by  
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Paris waste management is about to get cleaner.  The city will be getting 12 all-electric garbage trucks by the end of 2011. The trucks are being built by PVI Electric Powertrain and will feature five strings of seven lithium-ion battery packs providing 250 kWh of energy.  The batteries will have a liquid cooling system to keep temperatures in line.  Each new truck will reduce CO2 emissions by 130 tons compared to a diesel-fueled truck. Like city buses, or the hybrid street sweeper that just hit New York City streets, garbage trucks are well-suited for electrification.  They have fixed routes, travel at mostly slower speeds and have a lot of stops and starts — conditions that allow battery power to really excel over diesel or gasoline.  The shifts that municipal trucks operate on are also perfect for fitting in recharging or battery swaps.

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