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Sacramento County gets free test of electric garbage trucks

Sacramento County will be a test market for battery-electric, heavy-duty refuse trucks supplied by a Southern California company.

The zero-emission vehicles will be supplied by Poway-based TransPower, which says the vehicles will meet or exceed the standards of conventional diesel trucks. The county expects to receive the trucks by 2016.

The county’s Department of Waste Management and Recycling will operate the two trucks daily and already has a fleet that runs on either liquid natural gas or compressed natural gas to reduce costs and emissions.

Sacramento County said the typical heavy-duty diesel garbage truck uses roughly 10,000 gallons of fuel annually.

Officials said the trucks’ first two years of operations under the pilot program are free, and the county will provide TransPower an accounting of operating expenses. Ultimately, the county said it can buy or lease the trucks at a reduced cost.