Dulsco not convinced about switching to electric trucks just yet
Firm keen for change but not before truck manufactures test products adequately in UAE climates
Dulsco operates a large fleet of garbage compactors, trucks and other vehicles that run on traditional fuels and the firm isn’t ready to jump on to the electric and hybrid bandwagon just yet.
Dulsco MD and CEO David Stockton told fmME a lot of work still needs to be done.
He said: “A lot of people make a lot of noise about where the vehicles (electric trucks) will go and what will happen. But first and foremost you need to be able to cut down the number of vehicles on the road by reduction at source, you don’t need as many trucks then. We are trying to achieve that balance and we are working on reduction at source. We then need better optimisation of routes we are servicing.
“When looking at the kinds of vehicles we operate — electric has started to come into the mainstream with RCVs and hook loaders coming into the market— but we will only know whether they’re effective once testing has been carried out in our environment here in the region. Currently, a lot of testing has been done in Europe and the US, we need to be thoroughly convinced on all these parametres before we make the strategic investment.
We have seen it with the adoption of cars, it’s working well, which has prompted us to move two of our high mileage cars to hybrid ones, that’s the first step. We will be testing an electric RCV as part of our programme.”