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Coimbatore might soon make its waste disposal greener and more efficient by using electric vehicles. The city corporation has expressed interest in purchasing electric four-wheelers to help with the door-to-door collection of garbage. The electric vehicle should be able to haul around 1 tonne of garbage.
Electric vehicles are gaining prominence with every passing day. More manufacturers are entering the electric vehicle industry than ever before and more consumers too are looking forward to buy one.
Further boosting growth is the Indian government's interest in EVs. The government is doing its best to promote EVs and it was in the same interest that it recently announced a sizeable cut in GST on electric vehicles.
Well, it appears that it isn't just the central government but the state governments and governing authorities of each city are taking steps towards electric mobility. The city municipal corporation of Coimbatore is the latest example.
The governing body took the electric route last year when it purchased 50 electric three-wheelers for the door-to-door collection of segregated waste. It quite obviously reduced operating costs as it was cheaper to run electric vehicles than oil-burning diesel three-wheelers.
It was also several times more efficient when compared to the collection of garbage using pushcarts. Going by these results, the civic authority planned to place an order for 100 more such vehicles.
That is exactly when the complaints started coming in. The workers using the electric three-wheelers out on the street started complaining of low battery life, excessive wear & tear, and some unreliability issues too came up. Hence, the coimbatore city corporation switched back to diesel-powered three-wheelers.
On 22 August, 102 diesel-powered three-wheelers were flagged-off and the corporation has plans to purchase 283 more vehicles. However, the municipal corporation stressed on the fact that it would go back to electric vehicles if the right kind of vehicle is offered at an attractive price.
A corporation source was quoted as saying, "The corporation would seek expression of interest (EOI) from vehicle manufacturing companies that can make electric vehicles able to carry about 1 tonne of garbage." The requirements of the city corporation is clear. It still remains to be seen which EV manufacturer would step up.
Thoughts On Electric Four-Wheelers Being Used For Waste Collection
The electric vehicle revolution is well underway. It is happening right now, across all major cities in the world. The change in Coimbatore City Corporation's approach to garbage collection is a perfect example. Will any manufacturer be able to provide what Coimbatore needs to become clean and green?