Lunaz Applied Technologies, a British EV startup known for electrifying classic cars, has revealed a garbage truck with a number of driver-friendly features and a swappable battery pack that’s designed to be replaced in 10 minutes.
Lunaz says its upcycled truck, which is based on the Mercedes-Benz Econic platform, will soon be operating in several London boroughs and other areas of the UK.
The Lunaz refuse truck can be fitted with battery packs ranging in size from 275 to 400 kWh, and generates over 5,000 lb-ft of torque.
Lunaz consulted with refuse truck drivers during the design phase and incorporated several of their suggestions for interior ergonomics. The seats are designed for comfort—they use the same padding Lunaz uses in its electrified Bentleys and Rolls-Royces. The truck features cup holders, USB charging a 12-inch high-definition display and two 10-inch displays that offer a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the truck and its surroundings. Another 14-inch screen replaces the traditional rear-view mirrors. Object detection technology highlights cyclists, pedestrians and other hazards.
Lunaz has not yet announced pricing, but says its truck will be cheaper than a newly-built electric alternative.
“In upcycling these end-of-life internal combustion engine commercial and industrial vehicles with our electric powertrain, [our upcycled electric vehicles] are cleaner, less expensive and better equipped than their all-new equivalents,” said David Lorenz, founder of Lunaz. “In addition, they are far quieter than their ICE counterparts.”