With around 800 trucks, Waste Management NZ has one of New Zealand’s largest heavy vehicle fleets, requiring over 10 million litres of diesel per year. It is tackling this high diesel use by converting some of these trucks into electric vehicles.
Waste Management NZ (WMNZ) is a waste and environmental services provider. It has more than 300,000 customers across the country. Its pilot conversion of a small number of collection trucks to electric is a first for the waste sector in New Zealand.
So far three diesel collection trucks are being converted to electric in The Netherlands. With the support of EECA, the company is building an electric truck conversion and service workshop in New Zealand, so further conversions can take place here. The workshop will help other companies seeking to investigate conversion opportunities. WMNZ is also transitioning its light vehicle fleet to electric.
Waste Management is a finalist in the Smarter Transport category of the 2017 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.