In the way to office today (I work in Chennai), saw an electric tempo running slowly alongside. The realized that it was a local waste collection vehicle.
This was getting interesting. A bit of googling, and I get this news item about how the city is going electric in its waste management efforts.
The news item, from May 2019, goes on to say:“The battery-operated vehicle will collect garbage from about 600 houses and go straight to micro-composting centres or parks with mulch pits to dispose of the wet waste. ..The city will get about 2,800 to 3,000 vehicles at a total cost of Rs 60 crore approximately. Each vehicle costs Rs 1.80 lakh. …The vehicles can cover a distance of 50 kilometres on one charge. It can function for six hours daily which means that it can conduct multiple waste collecting rounds throughout the day. It will also lessen the time taken per round, doubling the number of households covered each day.”
I think segments such as these – short distance light weight goods carriers be they for waste materials or for quality goods – are apt for electric vehicle adoption in the early stages of the e-mobility sector. They tick all the boxes – only small batteries needed, short range is OK, and they can charge perhaps during off-duty hours as these vehicles operate in a scheduled manner.
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