Southampton City Council sees electrifying results from its fleet of four new all-electric eSwingo compact sweepers from Aebi Schmidt UK. The sweepers are making a vital contribution to meeting the Council’s environmental objectives under its Greener City Charter.
The eSwingos contribute to the Council’s sustainable energy and carbon reduction objectives. Southampton has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2030, that all corporate assets will have a net-zero carbon footprint, and 90% of the fleet will be zero-emission by 2030.
Southampton City Services Supervisor Mark Winter explained: ‘These zero-emission vehicles not only offer cleaner air for pedestrians but also for the driver in the cab. They are smooth to drive and are much quieter than diesel vehicles, which is excellent for residents when we’re making early starts or passing by in the street.
‘The battery life of the vehicles is excellent, and the payload is increased by 500kg. Service intervals are also further apart, so we have less downtime. As well as this, we’ve found that the fan speed is less variable in the electric vehicles, which improves suction, making street sweeping more effective.”
Cabinet Member for Customer Service & Transformation, Councillor Rob Harwood, commented: ‘We are committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and want to make Southampton a leading city in the green economy.
‘In partnership with residents, local businesses and organisations, we’ve set challenging goals in our Greener City Charter, inviting others to pledge their support. We are leading the way with our Fleet Modernisation Plan, and these e-Swingos form part of an investment initiative to increase the numbers of zero and low emission vehicles we operate across Southampton.’
To keep the eSwingos on the road and fully charged, charge points have been installed at council depots, supplied by charging specialist JoJu Solar, a supplier under the Central Southern Regional Framework agreement for EV charging infrastructure.
Head of City Services, Dave Tyrie, said: “We are proud to be one of the first local authorities in the country to be using these electric street cleansing vehicles.
‘We’re leading by example and replacing older diesel compacts that are coming to the end of their working lives with these new electric vehicles that offer significant environmental benefits coupled with excellent cost savings in fuel.”
Aebi Schmidt Area Sales manager, Matthew Elderkin, said: ‘It is great to see the results that Southampton City Council achieves with our compact eSwingo sweepers with minimal impact on city residents.
“The eSwingo offers everything the diesel model does but in a completely sustainable and noiseless way, which is great for Southampton residents and the environment alike,’ he said.