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.