Going Green: MCC uses e-cars to collect waste

By MT Yogesh Kumar

Mysore/Mysore: As battery electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids are becoming an essential part of Mysuru’s transport landscape offering environmental, economic and energy benefits, electric vehicles are also making their presence felt in the garbage cleaning sector.

The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) has deployed five automatic battery-powered dumpsters for waste collection and in the coming days it plans to increase the fleet to more vehicles, reducing the carbon footprint while being environmentally friendly.

In particular, the low carbon initiative aims to reduce the carbon footprint and promote electric mobility for waste management. According to the Society, this will reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

Solar power projects, more green spaces including Miyawaki Forests, electric vehicles, alternatives to plastics, and promoting public transportation were some of the projects mentioned in MCC’s latest budget.

The CESC paves the way

The initiative of a government department of Mysuru purchasing electric vehicles was started by Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) who purchased two electric vehicles. CESC is also in the process of setting up charging stations in several places.

The goal of MCC is not only to reduce fuel consumption but also to reduce pollution. The cars have been transformed into small vans to allow the collection and transport of waste. The civic body initially used the five electric vehicles to collect e-waste, but now the vehicles are used to haul garbage from residential and commercial areas to solid waste management plants and landfills.

As efficient as gasoline, diesel vehicles

E-autos are as efficient as gasoline and diesel automatic dumpers and can easily haul weight with the same efficiency. In addition, e-autorickshaws are compact and easily enter small alleys. With a four-hour charge, the cars can effortlessly travel more than 80 kilometres.

An added advantage for the MCC is that there is no fuel theft. More so, the vehicles do not get major repairs even after performing heavy duty, MCC Health Officer Dr. DG Nagaraj told Star of Mysore.

“The plan is to make the city carbon-free and such initiatives would help promote electric mobility and raise public awareness,” he added.

Cities around the world seem to be welcoming zero-emission garbage trucks. Driving comfort compared to conventional dumpsters is much better, according to the drivers. Benefits include smooth starting, smoother acceleration and very precise speed metering.

Emission-free operation

Apart from the fact that e-cars produce no local emissions, they operate more or less silently. They are relatively low maintenance because they have fewer components and there is no exhaust after treatment.

Only the high purchase costs – more than double the cost of a gasoline or diesel vehicle – remain a problem. “To solve this problem, we decided to buy the vehicles in phases,” said Dr Nagaraj.

From time to time, MCC purchases diesel-powered garbage collection vehicles and disposes of them after heavy use. The average daily journey of a diesel-powered refuse collection vehicle is 50-60 km and requires at least eight liters of diesel. An electric vehicle could be used for two days on a single charge.