BYD Brasil announced the delivery of nine BYD T8 electric trucks to Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Urban Cleaning Company – Comlurb.
The trucks will be used for waste collection in one of Brazil’s largest metropolitan areas. Two more deliveries will take place by the end of next year, expanding what is now BYD’s largest fleet of electric trucks outside of China. Over the next six months, an additional six units will be delivered to Comlurb, with another five scheduled for delivery by the end of 2020.
With a storage capacity of 15 cubic meters, the trucks were previously tested and approved for urban waste collection.
Their low noise levels make the trucks ideal for night routes in residential areas, while their zero emissions capability creates a healthier living environment for the city’s residents and better working conditions for the garbage collectors who will no longer inhale toxic fumes released by a traditional diesel truck.
BYD’s T8 electric trucks are equipped with regenerative brakes that generate power for the battery when travelling downhill.
In addition, the battery is capable of powering an e-truck for up to 200 kilometers on a single charge, a range that is approximately equivalent to eight hours of operation under normal traffic conditions. The operational cost of an electric truck is only about a quarter of that of a diesel truck.
BYD is present in over 300 cities in more than 50 countries. In Latin America, these include Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, and Uruguay.