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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.

More information.

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