It has been determined that New York City’s plan to replace all of its garbage trucks and snow plows with electric vehicles is not feasible, as they lack the necessary power to effectively clear snow. This discovery, coupled with the challenges posed by the recent arctic blast and heavy snowfall, has caused the city to reconsider its efforts to transition to electric vehicles.
It appears that traditional fuel sources, such as diesel, may be necessary in order to adequately power snowplows and garbage trucks. Despite this, the city’s Department of Sanitation plans to continue pursuing the use of electric vehicles.
New York City has ordered seven electric-powered garbage trucks from Mack, at a cost of over half a million dollars each. However, it has been determined that these vehicles are not powerful enough to effectively clear snow, as they only last for four hours before running out of power. The city’s Sanitation Commissioner, Jessica Tisch, has stated that the current technology does not allow for a feasible transition to fully electric rear-loader garbage trucks by 2040. Despite this, the city plans to move forward with the delivery of these vehicles.
There is disagreement about the feasibility of transitioning to electric garbage trucks in cities with cold climates, where vehicles may be required to clear snow. Some argue that an electric truck dedicated solely to garbage collection could potentially work as well as a gas-powered one, but this is unlikely. New York City is continuing with plans to gradually replace its gas-powered garbage trucks with electric ones, despite concerns about their ability to perform effectively in cold weather and during snow storms.
The president of the Teamsters Local 831 union representing sanitation workers in NYC has expressed uncertainty about the power and endurance of electric trucks. The transition to electric vehicles is also facing criticism for potentially contributing to the economic downturn, similar to what has been seen in Europe.
A spokesman for the NYC Department of Sanitation, Vincent Gragnani, has acknowledged that the current technology does not allow for the full electrification of the city’s garbage truck fleet, but expressed hope that this will change in the future. Some commentators have argued that the transition to electric vehicles in the US will ultimately lead to economic collapse and require a significant increase in mining. Others have criticized the decision to pursue electric garbage trucks as a political move that did not consider the practical limitations of the technology.
One commentator suggested that an analysis of the power demands of the trucks versus the capacity of the batteries, including the internal resistance of the batteries, would have revealed that the electric trucks were not capable of performing as snowplows.