A total of 1,060 electric sanitation trucks were put into service in the city of Beijing, China, on June 30. These electric-only, commercial-duty trucks will conduct tasks such as transporting garbage, sweeping streets and scooping up roadkill.

The 1,060 electric sanitation trucks are grouped into three categories based on payload capacity – two tons, eight tons and 16 tons – and consist of eight different models. The majority of the electrified refuse trucks work in Beijing's smog-filled downtown area, with 78 electric trucks seeing action on the outskirts of the city, according to a spokesman from the Beijing Environment Sanitation Engineering Group.

Most of the 1,060 electric sanitation trucks can cover up to 62 miles on a full charge and the fastest of the eight models supposedly hits an impressive top speed of 87 miles per hour. Additionally, all of the 1,060 trucks were developed and manufactured in China.

[Source: English People's Daily Online | Image: poeloq – C.C. License 2.0]

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