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Electric Powered Rear Load Refuse Vehicle for Municipal Fleet




Electric Powered Rear Load Refuse Vehicle for Municipal Fleet


Request for Information (RFI)


This request for information (the “RFI”) is an information gathering and market research tool, not a formal solicitation of a specific requirement (such as a request for proposals, RFP document).  Through this RFI the City of Surrey (the “City”) is seeking information from interested parties regarding electric powered rear load refuse vehicles for use in a municipal fleet operation, as defined in this RFI.  This is an opportunity for interested parties to help the City better understand the electric powered refuse truck marketplace and/or specific subject matter.

The City is developing an electric vehicle (EV) strategy to meet the needs of this emerging technology for its fleet operations.  EVs represent one of the greatest opportunities for the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet operations.

The City’s Engineering Department, Fleet Operations has long been a leader in advancing sustainable fleet operations initiatives and is committed to encouraging the use of electric vehicles.  Shifting from fossil fuel-powered vehicles to low or zero emission vehicles is a key strategy in advancing sustainable City fleet operations.

Within the City budget request for 2019/2020, there is a need to replace some of the City’s existing refuse vehicles or are needed for additions to the City’s fleet.

The City’s experience with electric powered rear load refuse vehicles have been very limited.


Challenge Statement

The RFI is intended to explore an overarching question: What options are available in the marketplace for electric powered refuse vehicles which will support the preferred configuration and functionality required by the City’s Engineering Department, Operations Division.

The preferred type of unit that is being considered is:

• Class 6 – 19,501lb to 26,000lb
• Cab-over configuration
• 6-yard reload compactor
• Range approximately 150 km per charge

The above referenced specifications should not be interpreted as restrictive but rather as a measure of quality and performance which all other rear load refuse trucks may be compared.

RFI  Document for download: 
Electric Powered Rear Load Refuse Vehicle for Municipal Fleet (.pdf)

All inquiries related to this request for RFI should be directed in writing to the contact person named below.

Closing Date:

Prefer to receive Applications on or before November 28, 2019


Richard D. Oppelt
Manager, Procurement Services
Finance Department
Tel: (604) 590-7274


Submissions under review.

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