The lorry, which is driving around the city of Barcelona in its testing phase, is the world’s first 100% electric vehicle with these characteristics. It allows for solid urban waste to be collected with zero CO2 emissions.

Web copy, October 2017

This past 26 October, Urbaser received the 2017 AEDIVE Santiago Losada Innovation Award for developing the world’s first 100% electric heavy-duty lorry destined for the selective automated collection of urban waste. Backed by the Business Association for the Development and Promotion of Electric Vehicles (AEDIVE, for its Spanish original), the judge’s panel for this award highlighted the innovation of this lorry as it enters into the testing phase, driving around the city of Barcelona. The judge’s panel was comprised of Alejandro Cros and Juan Manuel Garrido, Sub-Directorate General of Industrial Sector Policy and Deputy General of Promoting Innovation at the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Competition, respectively; Valvanera Ullargui, General Director of the Spanish Office for Climate Change; Isabel del Olmo, Transport Manager of the Institute for Energy Diversification and Savings; Susana Gómez, Deputy Assistant Director of Vehicles for the Directorate-General of Traffic, and Jon Asín, AEDIVE President.

With this initiative, Urbaser hopes to contribute to the improvement of city sustainability, eliminating pollution from CO2 emissions and particles, and reducing the impact of noise. The lorry -which carries the name Urbaelectric- offers the exact same performance as heavy-duty vehicles meant for automated collection from urban waste containers. For this project, Urbaser established an alliance with the Italian company Rampini, which is dedicated to vehicle design and transformation.


The Urbaelectric lorry in the streets of Barcelona.


An annual CO2 savings of 96 tonnes.

The new 100% electric vehicle means that 96 tonnes of CO2 will avoid being emitted per vehicle, per year, when compared to a diesel-run, heavy-duty lorry meant for collecting waste in cities. This number is equivalent to the annual emissions caused by providing electricity for 82 households, and the emissions produced by 284 passengers flying between Madrid and New York. Urbaelectric charges in 5 hours, which provides 8 hours of service, covering between 100 and 130 Km. It operates with an energy storage system with lithium traction batteries, which boast the first ECE 100.02 type approval received by a company in Europe. It also has a Siemens traction motor.