Kingston Council has become the latest authority to approve the use of Veolia’s fleet of electric refuse collection vehicles within the London borough.

Veolia, which is the council’s recycling and waste collection partner, will operate the vehicles and will make collection services in Kingston fully electric for the first time when they take to the streets in the autumn.

Powered by lithium-ion batteries, they will help improve air quality and cut out CO2 emissions, leading the way towards carbon neutrality and Kingston’s target of net-zero carbon by 2030.

The vehicles are designed for urban environments and enable collection routes to be completed on one charge.

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The move follows Westminster Council’s decision last year to start using 60 new and upcycled EVs operated by Veolia.

Scott Edgell, Veolia’s south London waste partnership general manager, said: “We’re delighted that Kingston Council has approved the decision to introduce electric vehicles to the borough.

“The move to electric demonstrates Veolia’s commitment to reducing the carbon impact of our operations and we’re proud to work with the council to use the latest technology to improve our environmental footprint and ensure the area becomes cleaner and greener.”