Photo: BYD
Seattle’s first ever all-electric refuse truck from BYD is in operation with Recology.

Seattle gets first all-electric refuse truck from BYD

May 31, 2019
Electric truck manufacturer BYD said it has delivered the first electric Class 8 rear loader in the United States.

Electric truck manufacturer BYD said it has delivered the first-ever electric Class 8 rear loader in the United States. The battery-electric vehicle was given to Seattle, marking the city's first all-electric refuse truck.

It was placed into operation with Recology, servicing the Seattle area with solid waste pickup. The truck features BYD’s 8R Class 8 fitted with New Way Viper Rear Loader refuse body.

“By partnering with the city of Seattle, BYD and New Way, we can be a catalyst to effect positive, sustainable change, setting the stage for what a 21st century refuse truck should look like,” said Derek Ruckman, group manager in the Pacific Northwest at Recology.
New Way manufactures a complete line of refuse equipment in Iowa, while Recology provides waste management services to communities throughout the West Coast. 

“By combining the innovative design of our Viper Rear Loader body with BYD’s zero-emissions battery-electric technology, we can produce the most efficient and sustainable refuse truck available on the market today,” said Don Ross, New Way's vice president of sales and marketing.

BYD also announced the California city of Carson and Waste Resources Technologies will put their first all-electric side-loader refuse truck into service on May 27. Built by BYD and with a body from Amrep, the truck will be the first electric refuse truck in residential collection operation in Southern California.   

In addition. BYD said it partnered with Momentum Dynamics and Link Transit to deploy an innovative, on-route wireless charging system in Wenatchee, WA. Using 200kW inductive chargers, BYD buses can charge wirelessly while paused at bus stops along the routes. 

About the Author

Neil Abt

Neil Abt, editorial director at Fleet Owner, is a veteran journalist with over 20 years of reporting experience, including 15 years spent covering the trucking industry. A graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., he began his career covering sports for The Washington Post newspaper, followed by a position in the newsroom of America Online (AOL) and then both reporting and leadership roles at Transport Topics. Abt is based out of Portland, Oregon.

Sponsored Recommendations

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...

80% Fewer Towable Accidents - 10 Key Strategies

After installing grille guards on all of their Class 8 trucks, a major Midwest fleet reported they had reduced their number of towable accidents by 80% post installation – including...

Proactive Fleet Safety: A Guide to Improved Efficiency and Profitability

Each year, carriers lose around 32.6 billion vehicle hours as a result of weather-related congestion. Discover how to shift from reactive to proactive, improve efficiency, and...

Tackling the Tech Shortage: Lessons in Recruiting Talent and Reducing Turnover

Discover innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining tech talent in the trucking industry at our April 16th webinar, where experts will share insights on competitive pay...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!