OSHKOSH, Wis. – Oshkosh Corporation, a leading manufacturer of purpose-built vehicles and equipment, has introduced North America’s first fully integrated, electric refuse collection vehicle. This latest innovation marks a significant milestone for the refuse industry, as traditional refuse vehicles require the mounting of a refuse collection body to a third-party chassis. The new Oshkosh integrated refuse collector has been designed from the ground up to offer customers a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM) electric vehicle (EV) solution.
“Entry into new product categories is a crucial element of our ‘Innovate. Serve. Advance.’ growth strategy,” said John Pfeifer, president and CEO of Oshkosh Corporation. “Our vast innovation capabilities are evident in every aspect of this first-of-its-kind product. With a deep heritage in the design and manufacture of purpose-built, heavy-duty trucks coupled with field-proven refuse body technology, Oshkosh is uniquely positioned to develop this integrated vehicle.”
Oshkosh’s latest offering boasts a sophisticated drivetrain that includes advanced lithium-ion batteries and a revolutionary electric-axle system. The electrified refuse collector was designed to minimize environmental impact and reduce noise in communities around the world, while helping customers meet their sustainability initiatives. The vehicle will enable a full day’s refuse collection on a single charge with zero emissions.
“When Oshkosh engineers began this project, they put both the customer and user experiences at the center of our design,” said Pfeifer. “For the buyer, chassis selection and integration are eliminated. For the driver, active safety systems, performance technologies and ergonomic features deliver best-in-class safety, comfort, and productivity. And for the technician, intelligent, connected systems reduce routine service and enable condition-based maintenance.”
The manufacturing of Oshkosh’s integrated, electric refuse collection vehicle will take place in several Oshkosh facilities, including a new, state-of-the-art plant in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Product prototype testing on designated routes will be completed in 2023, with customer deliveries starting in 2024. Oshkosh’s entry into this new product category aligns with its commitment to advancing technology and sustainability, while simultaneously meeting the unique needs of its customers.