Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Garbage Truck Lives Off of Garbage

Not quite "Back to the future," but getting there. A U.K. company has designed a rather unique electric garbage truck that, well... lives off of what it eats. The way it works is this: it goes around collecting garbage, takes the refuse to an "energy and waste power station and recycling center;" there the trash is burned to generate electricity, the truck stays put and receives a fresh charge overnight - and a little excess juice is even contributed to the grid!
The truck features a 40kWh lithium-ion battery; it's capable of reaching speeds 0f 50 mph, and has a range of 100 miles after a six to eight hour charge.
- Brewskie

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