The hallmark of most cities would be the early morning groanings of refuse trucks going around the neighborhood, making sure that all trash out there on the streets are placed into the truck so that you can wake up to a brand new, clean day. Well, Paris is no different, but the refuse truck bit will change from next year onwards as Dow Kokam and PVI have announced a fleet of electric refuse trucks that will be rolling out then by SITA Ile de France, delivering power and performance levels that are on par with their fossil-fueled counterparts – albeit with a whole lot less noise, thanks to the integration of an advanced lithium polymer battery system that powers the 26-ton electric refuse truck. This liquid cooled, flat-cell battery technology is capable of delivering 140 watt hours per kilogram of specific energy, and has been touted to come with a 10-year lifespan. Up to 11 of such refuse trucks will be operational before 2011 is over, and we wonder whether folks will miss the sounds early in the morning or not – but definitely not the smell.
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