Zero Emissions, Lower Operating Cost Represent Game-Changer for Municipal Waste Management

The new all-electric refuse truck from BYD and Wayne Engineering

November 10, 2016 – PHOENIX, AZ: BYD, the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer, and Wayne Engineering, which has over a half-century of experience designing advanced solutions for the waste management industry, today announced the launch of an all-new, fully-electric refuse truck for use in cities across the country. Both private haulers and municipal fleets will enjoy numerous benefits of this groundbreaking equipment. In addition to zero tailpipe emissions and greatly reduced noise pollution, the operating costs are substantially less due to savings from diesel fuel, fewer moving parts, and regenerative braking.

“This truck represents a new era in waste management, one of the last remaining sectors untouched by green energy and electrification,” said Stella Li, President of BYD America. “We’re proud to be working with Wayne Engineering on a refuse truck that will protect the environment while providing for a 58% reduction in operating costs per mile.”

Designed with sanitation workers in mind, this all-electric truck has a body that allows for improved visibility and operation on tight roads and alleyways. With 100 miles of range on a single charge, a first for an electric refuse truck, fleets can handle larger routes and distances between sites.

“We’ve been proud to design and manufacture innovative equipment for the waste management sector for half a century, and are thrilled to be a partner with BYD for this huge step into the future,” Kevin Watje, CEO of Wayne Engineering said. “Refuse trucks are a part of every community in the country, and these all-electric trucks will start making a difference right away.”

“Only 10% of refuse trucks use any alternative fuel at all, pumping our neighborhoods full of expensive and dangerous diesel fumes – or worse, PM2.5 from CNG engines. Many are particularly bad on greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter, harming the health of those around them,” Li added. “This new 3.9 ton truck, which gets 100 miles of charge in just 2.5 hours, is the chance to finally make cleaning our neighborhoods a clean prospect in and of itself.”

About Wayne Engineering and BYD

Wayne Engineering is a leading manufacturer of chassis-mounted productivity solutions to the solid waste industry with over 50 years of experience. Furthermore, Wayne has continually sought to make the most energy efficient refuse collection systems in the industry.  BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries and is the only OEM manufacturer of electric trucks in North America. The BYD Wayne all-electric refuse truck is the first of several refuse truck offerings, and adds to the company’s existing line of urban delivery and goods movement trucks.

As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, BYD’s mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has led to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or “Fe”) Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the core of its clean energy platform, which has expanded into automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and its shareholders, including Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as the way of the future.