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New Way Trucks Partners with BYD to Deliver Three Battery-Electric Refuse Trucks to City of Ocala, Florida

New Way Trucks, refuse equipment manufacturer, and its distributor Southern Sewer Equipment Sales (SSES), recently delivered three battery-electric refuse trucks. New Way and SSES delivered New Way Sidewinder XTR™ automated side loaders (ASLs) to the City of Ocala, Florida. Mounted on the BYD electric platform, this mark one of the largest one-time deliveries of battery-electric refuse trucks seen in the North American solid waste industry.

Don Ross, vice president of sales and marketing for New Way, says the company leads the industry in battery-electric vehicle (BEV) refuse applications. He adds that New Way currently has more BEVs in service than any competitors.

These New Way BEVs work on route every day in both traditional rear-load (RL) and ASL configurations. New Way continues to gain momentum with several units on order in various configurations; some configurations will mount on next-generation platforms.

“New Way Trucks is proud to help drive the industry forward by manufacturing environmentally sustainable refuse equipment for our customers,” said Mike McLaughlin, CEO of New Way Trucks. “As a leader and steward of innovation in refuse truck body manufacturing, it is up to us to forge a new way forward that includes an emphasis on sustainability.”


Additionally, the City of Ocala is among the first municipalities to adopt BEV refuse technology in the country. Ocala received an EPA grant to replace heavy-duty diesel-fueled trucks with zero-emission BEVs; it chose to partner with New Way and BYD. Deploying the units will result in fuel cost savings as well as reduced diesel emissions, and operational efficiencies.

Despite supply chain issues, New Way completed the bodies and upfitting in record time. As a result SSES delivered the three New Way BEVs in July 2021 as requested. The units service residential routes after a media day the City of Ocala’s Public Works Sanitation Division hosted August 18th.

New Way Executive Vice President Johnathon McLaughlin says New Way’s focus is incorporating alternative-fuel delivery systems into refuse collection bodies. New Way was also among the first to integrate hybrid drive systems and compressed natural gas into refuse trucks; now, the company helps set the industry standard in the integration of BEV refuse equipment, McLaughlin adds.

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