Mayor DeStefano Unveils New Haven's First Hybrid Garbage Truck
(5/9/2011) For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2011
New Haven - At a news conference today, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and John Prokop, Director of Public Works unveiled the City’s first hybrid garbage truck. The hybrid system will result in up to a 30% decrease or $5,000 savings in yearly fuel consumption and will extend the truck’s brake life four times longer than traditional brakes.
“Hybrid vehicles are a benefit to New Haven because they improve street-level air quality for our residents, reduce overall emissions and reduces the City’s fuel costs,” said Mayor DeStefano. “I am please the City is taking the next step in its mission to continue as a regional leader in improving air quality.”
The hybrid garbage truck has a hydraulic hybrid system. During braking, a pump is engaged to pressurize a reservoir of hydraulic fluid. As the truck starts forward again, the fluid runs through a hydraulic motor, boosting the truck forward and reducing the strain on the diesel engine. This type of hybrid system is best for vehicles that start and stop continuously.
The total cost of the truck is $388,000. A $70,000 grant, secured by the City Office of Sustainability, from Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Clean Fuel Vehicle Program, covers all of the incremental cost of the hybrid system over a traditional truck.
Currently the City has fleet of nine refuse trucks that on average each transport about 3,888 tons of municipal solid waste a year. Going forward, as the traditional refuse trucks reach the end of their useful work life, the City plans to continue to purchase hybrid refuse trucks, potentially having an all-hybrid fleet in the next decade.
In 2005, New Haven chose to be the regional leader in adoption of hybrid vehicles by offering free parking to hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. At the same time the Mayor
DeStefano started driving a Prius hybrid, making him the first mayor east of the Rockies to do so.
The City has been proactive in improving the efficiency and cleanliness of its fleet. The City has taken the following steps:
o The City has 14 hybrids in its fleet – 13 cars or small SUVs and now the refuse truck.
o In 2007 the City started using B50 biodiesel in its fleet, the highest percentage of biodiesel in the Northeast.
o Installed solar-powered lights on a police cruiser as a pilot to cut down on idling.
o Retrofitted all school buses with pollution control devices, and will be retrofitting all of our refuse fleet as well.
In 2010 Mayor DeStefano ordered the creation of the New Haven Office of Sustainability. Funded by a federal grant, the Office of Sustainability’s mission is to institute and advance sustainability practices and improve the environmental integrity of our City, while fostering a high quality of life for residents and businesses. The Office of Sustainability works to promote sustainability initiatives such as energy efficiency, pollution prevention, waste minimization, reuse and recycling, and to encourage the broader community to follow suit. In accelerating environmentally sustainable practices, the Office collaborates with City departments, business partners, non-profit and community-based organizations, and learning institutions.
Contact Name: Adam Joseph
Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net
Contact Phone: 203-946-7660