Republic, Oshkosh team up for EV integrated waste, recycling truck

A blue garbage truck in a white building.

Republic Services Inc. and Oshkosh Corp. will roll out the first fully integrated electric recycling and waste truck this fall, the companies say.

Republic operates the country's fifth largest vocational fleet with 17,000 trucks from several suppliers. Oshkosh's McNeilus business unit is one of those suppliers. 

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Republic and Oshkosh worked together on operational safety and ergonomic features for the truck, which has 360-degree cameras, lane-departure sensors and automatic braking. 

"Republic Services is uniquely positioned to advance decarbonization through our commitment to electrification, delivering meaningful environmental and economic benefits," says Jon Vander Ark, president and CEO. "Our engagement with Oshkosh on the truck of the future will accelerate the transition of our fleet while providing advanced safety features and technology. We'll continue to invest in innovations that will help reduce emissions, benefit the environment and help our customers meet their own sustainability goals." 

Two automated side-load prototypes will begin collecting residential refuse this fall in Phoenix. Additional vehicles are planned for 2024 in California and Portland, Oregon. 

"We are pleased Republic sees the value in this first-of-its-kind integrated, electric refuse collection vechile," says John Pfeifer, president and CEO of Oshkosh Corp. "We are like-minded in our commitment to electrification, active safety and advancing sustainability initiatives in communities around the world to make a difference in people's lives." 

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