Loadmaster unveils first electric refuse truck


Staff Writer

NORWAY – The first all-electric Class 8 refuse truck in the United States left Loadmaster in Norway for Chicago on Tuesday.

Looking to the greener side of waste, the city of Chicago received a grant for $13.4 million to purchase 20 electric trucks. The first prototype will cost the city $1.2 million.

The contract was awarded to Motiv Power Systems out of the San Franciso Bay area and Loadmaster in Norway built the body of the truck.

The project has been in the works for approximately a year and a half.

The scalability and flexibility of the Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) made the company the most cost-effective choice for the exclusive 5-year contract, official said.

Currently the only technology of its kind in the trucking market, the ePCS uses off-the-shelf batteries and motors, which can be mixed and matched to fit the exact size of the electric truck needed.

The ePCS can handle EV trucks from medium-duty to Class 8 heavy-duty, weighing 15,000 lbs-52,000 lbs.

Research suggests the ePCS design approach cuts operating costs by 50 percent over an eight-year period. With its medium-duty pilot shuttle, Motiv reduced operating cost from 80 cents per mile to 10 cents per mile.

“We are thrilled that Chicago is driving the push for electric refuse trucks, and that our ePCS can be employed to create these revolutionary vehicles,” said Shyam Nagrani, VP of Business Development and Marketing for Motiv in a press release. “Our ePCS can do what no other EV truck system can do, scale up and down to meet the exact needs of any fleet using a conventional chassis. These EV refuse trucks will provide the streets of Chicago with quiet, emissions-free garbage pick-up, without submitting residents to excessive diesel pollution or loud noise. Who wants to be woken up at 5 a.m. by an idling garbage truck?”

David J. Brisson, president of Loadmaster, says the 20-cubic-yard Excel-S series body of the truck also uses less energy. He said he is excited about the new cost effective design.

“We are proud to be part of this cutting-edge technology,” Brisson said. “We are expecting the electric truck will prove itself in Chicago and eventually we can take it to New York.”

Chicago currently has 225 of Loadmaster’s diesel powered garbage trucks in the city now. The company employs approximately 60 workers at its Norway facility.

Brisson purchased the company in 1992 and moved the operation to Norway, where it has grown and prospered.

Loadmaster’s rear load line includes: the Excel-S, a high compaction unit with a 3.7 cubic yard hopper; the Legacy is a mid-range compaction real-loader; the Elite is a smaller 8-11 cubic yard high compaction rear-loader; and the old 400 Series which is a demolition type rear-loader primarily for the New York City and New Jersey markets.

Loadmaster also has an automated side loader product called the Eclipse which is high-tech with a single operator. The driver has a 1,200 pound lift and 12 foot reach.

Additionally, 11 percent of Loadmaster’s sales are on compressed natural gas chassis.

Theresa Proudfit’s e-mail address is tproudfit@ironmountaindailynews.com.