Sutherland Shire Council trials electric cars and garbage truck

Four electric powered cars and a rear loader garbage truck have joined the Sutherland Shire Council fleet.

The four sedans, which have been supplied as prototypes at no cost apart from battery charging, can travel 311 kilometres on a single charge.

They have the benefits of zero emissions and are extremely quiet compared with petrol vehicles.

The garbage truck is on trial for three months in the non-domestic waste stream, servicing public place and parks.

Waste is being collected from bins in Kirrawee, Sutherland, Jannali Engadine, Heathcote, Menai, Sylvania, Taren Point, and Miranda.

The council is also discussing with various manufacturers further field testing trials and support of electric heavy vehicles.

The EV (electric vehicle) initiatives were unanimously supported by councillors in June 2019.

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"We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, and this move to electric vehicles is yet another important way to meet them," Mayor Carmelo Pesce said.

"The uptake of these vehicles will reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs as well as lead to better air quality.