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Hybrid Garbage Trucks Saving Miami-Dade Big Money

April 5, 2011 By

A garbage man’s average routine may seem pretty boring — stop, pick up trash, go, repeat. But the viewpoint of 20-year Miami-Dade Solid Waste Management employee John Lewis is a bit different — Lewis enjoys a quieter ride in his new Autocar Expeditor E3 hybrid garbage truck, which he considers one of many benefits made possible by emerging hybrid technology.

“The design is the same, and [the truck] is a little bit slower,” Lewis said, “but it’s a whole lot quieter and carries a lot more garbage.”

While quietly carting trash from his two routes — covering about 30 miles and spanning more than 1,200 homes — Lewis is helping make “hydraulic hybrid” engineering the future of municipal waste disposal.

Hybrid garbage trucks, like the Autocar E3, that Lewis drives are the latest application for an emerging hydraulic-based technology that its developers say can reduce fuel and maintenance costs for municipalities, while also reducing their carbon footprint.

For government agencies, the biggest attraction might be the promise of cost savings. According to Danny Diaz, fleet manager director of Miami-Dade’s Solid Waste Management Department, the new vehicles are saving so much money that he hopes to convert his fleet to all-hybrid within the next 10 years.
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Verne Snyder    |    Commented April 6, 2011


daniel Ontiveros    |    Commented April 12, 2011

I think this is great. I have a question when this vehicle is working is the engine at idle? and the reason for asking this is because we have a few months of very hot weather and don't know if this has any affect on the operation of the A/C unit. Thank you, Dan

keep rolling    |    Commented April 13, 2011

I was in Lima, Peru a couple of years ago and some of the taxi cabs were running on fuel made from garbage. They ran just fine. Hybird-elec is a good start.

J    |    Commented April 18, 2011

Yes, the engine is running at idle so you'll be able to have yoiur A/C running during the entire duty cycle.

daniel Ontiveros    |    Commented April 19, 2011

Where can I get more information on the progress of this vehicle and is there any plan to show it at the Waste Expo in Dallas, TX next month

Trevor Bridges    |    Commented April 26, 2011

Yes, there will be an Autocar E3 hydraulic hybrid at Waste Expo this year, complete with a body. Drop by our stand and meet us.

jc    |    Commented May 17, 2011

This is just brilliant! Very excited about seeing this technology in passenger Pickup trucks. It will drive my next truck upgrade.

Jeremiah Dorsett    |    Commented February 26, 2012

When Will These Hybrid Garbage Trucks Start Picking Up In Miami Gardens ?

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