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Wellington gets its first electric rubbish truck

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The Wellington City Council’s social housing sites will now be serviced by the city’s first fully electric rubbish truck.

The MANCO SEA EV10 Electricat was revealed at a ceremony at the Council’s Berkley Dallard apartments today.

This truck is the first of its kind in the city, and was purchased with the help of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) grant for contractor Professional Property & Cleaning Services (PPCS).

It joins two electric vans the company introduced in 2018, and will service 40 of Wellington City Council’s social housing sites.

In 2017, PPCS were awarded a contract for cleaning and rubbish removal at Council’s Parks, Sports and Recreation and City Housing sites. As part of their tender proposal the firm committed to introducing, where possible, electric vehicles to carry out the contract.

“We see this new truck as a major step towards our target of converting 70 percent of our fleet to electric or hybrid by 2025,” says Sarel Bloem, PPCS General Manager.

“We’re a family owned New Zealand company and we’re passionate about protecting the environment. That’s why we bought this truck and why we’ve just ordered an additional six electric vehicles. This means in the next few months 100 percent of the vehicles we use to service Wellington will be electric.”

“We’ve been installing electric vehicle chargers in the city for residents to use but we need to lead by example,” says Mayor Justin Lester.

“That’s why we’re converting our own fleet to electric, and I’m delighted that PPCS are joining us in this. This is about making our city cleaner for us and future generations.”

Councillor David Lee, who holds the Climate Change portfolio, says Wellington is continuing the journey to becoming a zero carbon capital by 2050.

“We will only get there with help from companies like PPCS getting on board. I’d encourage other companies with large fleets to do the same.”

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says it is important for New Zealand’s service fleet to convert to electric vehicles. “Unlike private vehicles, rubbish trucks, taxis and delivery vehicles are on the road most of the working day. The more of them that are electric, the quicker we will be able to reach our emission reducing goals.”


  1. Alan, 13. June 2019, 11:05

    How about more electric buses.
    In the last year all we’ve seen is a raft of new diesel buses and only 10 of the battery electric version. Not good enough.

  2. greenwelly, 13. June 2019, 11:48

    @Alan. In 2018, EECA gave a $763,000 grant to convert the city’s former trolley buses to battery power. They also announced $397,500 funding for “fast charge stations for buses at the Wellington Railway Station bus interchange. Four buses will be able to be charged simultaneously.” None of these have happened. The regional council continues to promise the world and deliver very little.

  3. Traveller, 13. June 2019, 13:39

    These trucks service a very small part of Wellington. The council should be demanding that its major rubbish collection contractor Envirowaste (owned by one of the wealthiest men in Asia), starts switching to electric trucks as well. Its owner can easily afford to make the change.

  4. B. Dover, 17. June 2019, 21:35

    Congrats to PPCS. But a slow clap to the WCC. Justin seems happy to get his photo op with the new truck, but just what did he do to stop 60 fully electric trolleybuses from never running again in the city, and the rapid decimation of an overhead wire network (which was effectively owned by WCC through Wgtn Cable Car Ltd).

  5. Andrew, 18. June 2019, 8:07

    I know what Justin did. He sat on his hands.

  6. michael, 18. June 2019, 9:55

    Good on you PPCS!
    Strange isn’t it how all these initiatives seem to come from the public while the council spends our money and wastes years just talking about it – but always there for a good photo op.