Clean, Quiet Garbage Trucks: Wrightspeed Tackles Oversize Vehicles

Wrightspeed, founded by Tesla co-founder Ian Wright, is paving the way in oversize electric-hybrid engine technology that can power larger, traditionally higher-pollution vehicles in a more efficient way, “with less fuel and much less noise.” This includes “oversized buses, delivery vans, and even garbage trucks.”

The majority of oversize vehicles still run on outdated highly-polluting fuel and engine technology. According to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, “Diesel-powered vehicles and equipment account for nearly half of all nitrogen oxides (NOx) and more than two-thirds of all particulate matter (PM) emissions from US transportation sources.”

The environmental and health consequences of diesel emissions are unsettling:

  • “Particulate matter irritates the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, contributing to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses and even premature death.”
  • “Diesel emissions of nitrogen oxides contribute to the formation of ground level ozone, which irritates the respiratory system, causing coughing, choking, and reduced lung capacity.”
  • “Diesel exhaust has been classified a potential human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.”

Wrightspeed is one of the pieces of the puzzle in reducing the percentage of oversize vehicles that still use such outdated pollutive fuel/engine technology. The result and endgame: cleaner, healthier air, a healthier environment, and a healthier public.

Not to mention that the possibility of cleaner, quieter garbage trucks has a certain visceral appeal. Instead of you being woken up in the early morning by what sounds like a violent scene out of Pacific Rim, garbage trucks would go about their business in a less obtrusive and generally more pleasant manner.

Is it actually happening? Is Wrightspeed actually impacting society? Yes. Just one example: Wellington, New Zealand is revamping its trolley system. The original plan was to replace trolleys with a fleet of traditional polluting buses. But now the capital will make Wrightspeed engine systems a key component of its advanced public transit options.

Want to learn more about Wrightspeed, whether you are thinking of alerting your city’s Transportation Department, revamping your own fleet, or are simply curious? Check out Wrightspeed’s website here.