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Nation’s First Hybrid Electric Street Sweepers

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on January 9, 2012
Hybrid Street Sweeper

One of five new hybrid electric street sweepers bought with Recovery funds by New York City Department of Sanitation.

The first hybrid electric street sweepers in the nation are hitting the streets of Manhattan thanks to $690,000 of Recovery funding. Initiating a pilot program, a total of five of the new vehicles were delivered to the New York City Department of Sanitation this past fall.

Officials are expecting significant energy and environmental benefits:

  • Standard sweeper burns 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel annually; hybrid uses about 5,000
  • Fuel savings will total about $33,750 annually
  • Carbon dioxide emissions will drop by 100 metric tons every year

City officials say that lessons learned from the pilot will help inform future street sweeper purchases and serve as a model for other jurisdictions around the country.

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  1. Marie Wilson said, on January 10, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I applaud this movement to use the latest technology in the war against Carbon Dioxide emissions. It takes a strong belief to champion a pilot project f this size and it a very appropriate project for the ARRA. I applaud your efforts and look forward to reading the results.
    MaRIE

  2. Brian said, on February 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    This is an excellent example of why conservation of energy is important. Hopefully, most major car manufacturers will start to follow suite and begin to develop more energy efficient vehicles such as this. Electric cars may not be the complete way out of oil dependency but at the very least, it is a start.

  3. Online Gym said, on December 13, 2012 at 8:15 am

    This time in our lives when we are having economic problems and our climate is changing this is a great investment.2,500 gallons less burned a year is a huge savings. This is a very great start Carbon dioxide emissions down by 100 metric tons each year is a huge savings.

  4. Cars said, on April 13, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Still a hell of a lotta fuel to sweep the streets no?


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