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Jersey City, New Jersey, has agreed to take delivery of five BYD electric collection trucks.
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Electric collection trucks on the way to Jersey City, NJ

City government in Jersey City, New Jersey, agrees to use five BYD electric refuse trucks.

Secaucus, New Jersey City-based Hudson County Motors has announced it will provide what it calls “the first all-electric refuse trucks on the United States East Coast capable of working an entire route” to the government of Jersey City, New Jersey.

The five all-electric rear loader collection trucks are designed and manufactured by Shenzhen, China-based BYD, a publicly traded company that has a U.S. office in Los Angeles and a fabrication facility in Lancaster, California. BYD has Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway as its largest institutional shareholder.

“Jersey City will be a model for what is now possible with zero-emission refuse trucks, ”says John Gerra, senior director of business development with BYD Motors. “We look forward to helping provide clean streets and clean air for the residents of Jersey City.”

The project is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Environmental  Protection and Sanitation Equipment Corp. of Totawa, New Jersey, according to BYD.

Hudson County Motors, BYD’s authorized truck dealer for Northern New Jersey, says it is well positioned to support the New Jersey electric refuse truck market. The firm says it has partnered with New York- based Climate Change Mitigation Technologies LLC (CCMT), which “is providing project management services for all of Hudson County Motors’ electric truck programs.”

Also on the electric collection vehicle front, Portland, Maine-based Ecomaine previously purchased two vehicles from Canada-based Lion Electric Co. in March 2020.