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Singapore gets its first Scania electric waste truck

The first Scania electric waste truck has hit the streets of Singapore.


On June 14, the ALBA W&H Smart City recycling and environmental services company took delivery of the first of what will be 15 L-series battery-electric trucks, which will enable significant CO2 reductions in the company’s daily waste collection services.

The delivery of the initial truck took place at a special handover ceremony in the island city state, where representatives of ALBA and Scania were joined by Dr. Amy Khor, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment.

The Singapore Government has taken a very progressive approach to sustainable transport, to encourage early adopters in the electric vehicle market, particularly in waste collection. For example, the country has set out its goal for national sustainability including its Zero Waste Masterplan, while any company that wishes to take part in a tender for waste collection is required to have a fleet which is at least 30 percent electric.

It was a combination of this public tender regulation and ALBA’s own sustainability targets that led the company to look for the right truck for its daily collections in the city’s Woodlands-Yishun area.

ALBA chose Scania over other truck manufacturers’ solutions because Scania’s low-entry cab, rear loader and nine batteries with 297kW hours installed makes it a one-to-one ‘top of the line’ replacement for its existing diesel vehicles.

Truck projected to save 2,700kg of CO2 emissions a year

While the aftermarket, workshop and analytical capabilities Scania can offer were also key to winning the contract, it’s the electric vehicle’s environmental mitigation that especially stands out.

On average, ALBA’s current fleet uses 200 litres of diesel a day, which translates to 500kg of CO2 emissions per day. By electrifying 15 trucks, ALBA will save 2,700 kg of COemissions a year, and the company expects to achieve an impressive 20 percent reduction in COemissions within just a year of deployment.

“We are delighted to be providing our battery-electric trucks to ALBA W&H Smart City, a company that shares Scania’s strong commitment to sustainable transport,” says Heba El Tarifi, Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia.

“This agreement has been a year in the making, and this first electric truck delivery is a true milestone for Scania in Singapore and the wider region. With additional business in place and further interest from other customers, we’re now seeing real momentum towards transport electrification.”*

A total of 15 Scania battery-electric trucks will be delivered during Q3 of 2023, once specific modifications for waste collection have been made by Singapore-based bodybuilder companies Zenith and Megafab. ALBA’s depot charging facilities are being manufactured by EVone Charging.

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