Check out this electric garbage truck from a Silicon Valley startup

Gigaom

Chicago’s garbage has gotten a dose of energy tech innovation. On Tuesday Silicon Valley startup Motiv Power Systems announced that the company has delivered what it calls the first all-electric garbage truck in the U.S. to Chicago.

The garbage truck is now being used on residential garbage and recycling routes of up to 60 miles, and the company says it’s saving the city of Chicago 2,688 gallons of fuel a year. Yeah, it’s a drop in the bucket, but the truck could be the first of potentially 20 that Motiv Power Systems sends to Chicago over the next five years. The entire five-year deal is worth $13.4 million and the contract was aided by a Department of Energy grant to Chicago.

An electric garbage truck from Motiv Power Systems. Image courtesy of Motiv Power Systems. An electric garbage truck from Motiv Power Systems. Image credit: Motiv Power Systems.

Beyond reducing fuel use, the electric garbage truck has the added benefit of being super quiet…

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