A few days ago, Urbaser, the Spanish environmental service company, had presented a large tonnage electric truck for the automated selective collection of urban waste, the Urbaelectric. Undoubtedly a very important initiative, in order to reduce the CO2 footprint of these vehicles and the noise they produce when collecting garbage, but it is not, far from it, the first electric garbage collection truck, as was reported in the information to the press. ¡Look to this photo from 1910!
The Urbaelectric is a truck that reduces CO2 emissions to zero - 92 tons per vehicle per year in vehicles with combustion engines - and all this without making engine noise, since the noise of the load remains. Urbaser announces that the vehicle is recharged in just five hours, with a range of more than 100 kilometers, which allows to collect about 200 to 250 containers in a daily work of about eight hours.
The Urbaelectric will be testing for Barcelona, and it is estimated that more units will be manufactured within a prudent period.
As we can see in the photos, there were already electric refuse collector trucks, also selective, as shown by this Justus Christian Braun of 1910 - cover photo -, a company that was founded in 1890 as a specialist in fire-fighting vehicles, some of them also fully electric. The company was the core of the subsequent Faun brand. Another model we have found is a Namag-Lloyd of 1908, a kind of electric tractor, that pulls a large semi-trailer for selective refuse collection. The electric Namag-Lloyd were based on patents of the French brand Krièger.
In those years, as I also emphasize in my book LOS PIONEROS (the pioneers of electromobility), the electric vehicle was used in many fields, in private vehicles, in taxis, buses, municipal vehicles, trucks, cranes, fire-fighting vehicles and others.