Rushmoor Borough Council is joining forces with its rubbish and recycling contractors Serco to take part in a six-week trial which will see them use second-hand diesel bin lorries which have been converted into low emission electric vehicles.

The aim of the pilot will be to demonstrate the significant emissions and noise-reducing benefits of electric vehicles, along with any operational benefits, and to see if there is a strong business case for Serco to electrify their fleet. 

Bin lorries are classified as heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and can emit up to 600g CO2 per kilometre when fully laden. This means they are among the largest carbon emitters in contractor and council vehicle fleets, making them prime targets for electrification to help meet carbon reduction targets. 

Rushmoor will be joining Basingstoke and Deane and Hart councils in taking part in the pilot scheme. 

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