Launched at a Hino Distributors (NZ) Ltd’s Auckland showroom event recently, and dubbed Alley Cat 11, a light-duty Hino 915 Hybrid prototype is receiving positive praise for industry innovation.
The reduction of food waste to landfill has become a key focus for many environmental regulators, requiring efficient and effective kerbside collection while meeting high safety and environmental standards.
Hino NZ, worked closely with Manco Environmental Ltd and Wilkinson Transport Engineering to purposefully build the first specialised food waste collection vehicle in Australasia. In conjunction with Hino’s parallel hybrid technology, maximising fuel efficiency with minimum carbon footprint, the truck boasts an exceptional payload of 4000kg on a 8500kg GVM 4×2 configuration.
With 110kw & 420Nm torque for low speed pulling power via a 5 speed AMT transmission and equipped with ABS braking, TRC traction control, VSC vehicle stability control, and automatic fail safe brake, the truck is incredibly easy to maneuver and is safe to drive.
The body has been constructed out of recyclable Plaztuff polymer sheets, making it a third lighter than steel and corrosion and rust-free without the need for protective coatings. All operational functions, including the tipping body, are electro-hydraulic and the low entry, ergonomic dual-controlled cab is the smallest and first of its kind in the waste industry.
The Auckland City Council’s organic waste collection trial has been running in the North Shore for the past few months, with the Hino Hybrid available to waste management companies that will be tendering for the Kerbside Food Waste Collection contract. The 300 Series 915 Hybrid has an exciting future in many other applications where caring for the environment is core to business objectives.
Watch the Alley Cat 11 in action here.