Olympia city manager wants traditional garbage trucks now, electric later
By Lorilyn C. Lirio
Olympia City Manager Jay Burney has asked the City Council to approve the purchase of six gas-powered garbage collection trucks instead of electric trucks to replace existing garbage trucks that have reached the end of their lifespan. of useful life.
At the council meeting held on Tuesday, June 7, Burney said the city cannot switch to electric vehicles yet because they are not yet available.
“We don’t expect the technology to be in place for these vehicles for two to three years. But now we need these six vehicles in particular. As these vehicles age, maintenance costs increase dramatically and they [the existing vehicles] are at the end of their useful life in terms of their need,” said the city manager.
A resolution presented to council asked the City to approve the purchase of six garbage collection trucks at a cost of $2.7 million.
The city’s interest in an electric version of garbage collection trucks is part of its campaign to reduce carbon emissions. According to Burney, city staff completed a fleet electrification study for waste collection trucks earlier this year.
“We found that electric vehicle technology is not yet available and is insufficient for this type of heavy-duty vehicle at this point. This technology is expected to improve over time,” Burney told council members.
However, Burney said they will continue to monitor advancements in technology. “We will continue to actively monitor when it will be possible to switch to electric vehicles. We will certainly do so.”