Chicago has ordered 20 all-electric garbage trucks, San Francisco-based Motiv Power Systems announced.
Motiv's system has been used on an all-electric bus, but this is the first time the system has been used for a garbage truck. The electric trucks will weigh 52,000 pounds and have a range of more than 60 miles, the company said.
"We are thrilled that Chicago is driving the push for electric refuse trucks and that our [electronic system] can be employed to create these revolutionary vehicles," said Shyam Nagrani, vice president of business development and marketing for Motiv. "These [electric] refuse trucks will provide the streets of Chicago with quiet, emissions-free garbage pick-up, without submitting residents to excessive diesel pollution or loud noise."
A previous version of this article misstated the price of the contract.