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Edinburgh Becomes First UK City to Deploy All-electric Street Sweeper Vehicle

Ross Kelly



The new all-electric street sweeper vehicle is part of Edinburgh Council’s plan to accelerate the replacement of diesel vehicles.

Streets in Edinburgh will be the first in Britain to see an all-electric street sweeper vehicle, the City of Edinburgh Council has revealed.

The new 15-tonne electric vehicle, supplied and manufactured by Bucher Municipal, is capable of completing an eight-hour sweeping shift around the city centre and can be fully recharged within just five hours.

According to the Council, the vehicle will produce just 39 kilograms of CO2 each day – which already marks a 110kg saving on conventional diesel sweepers.

Current diesel-fuelled sweepers produce up to 150kg of CO2 per day and are costly to refuel. In total, the Council expects to save £18,000 in fuel costs annually through the roll-out.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener said: “This new electric sweeper represents another step in our removal of diesel vehicles from the Council fleet and we’re glad to be an early adopter of the technology.”

Craig Mitchell, Regional Sales Manager for Bucher Municipal, added: “We’re pleased to be delivering Europe’s first zero-emissions, full electric-powered truck mounted road sweeper.”

The new addition to the fleet forms part of the Council’s drive toward net-zero carbon emissions in the capital by 2030, as well as its wider sustainability plan.

This will include initiatives to improve air quality across the city and reducing emissions through the introduction of low-emissions zones.

The removal of diesel vehicles from the Council fleet is also accelerating. More electric sweepers, along with electric welfare buses, trucks and other vehicles, will be introduced over the next five years if the vehicle is a successful addition to the fleet.


Long-term, the Council hopes to replace all smaller diesel vehicles with electric ones. By 2030 it hopes to be operating a 100% electric van fleet.

Councillor Macinnes added: “Our 2050 Edinburgh City Vision is of a green, thriving and carbon-neutral city and it is actions like this, along with our commitment to deliver an electrified transport fleet, that will help us achieve that vision.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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