One of the companies bidding for Birmingham’s £2.2 billion highways maintenance contract is working with Mitsubishi to develop a low emission hybrid diesel/electric vehicle for road maintenance.
Birmingham Street Services is planning a fleet of environmentally friendly road maintenance vehicles and is testing the Mitsubishi hybrid vehicle, along with other low emission vehicles and plant.
Ringway, one of the companies which make up Birmingham Street Services, is already using low emission vehicles which meet the exacting Euro 5 emissions levels. Highways maintenance plant will also meet the latest emission targets.
As well as trialling the Mitsubishi hybrid – which is based on the Mitsubishi Canter – Ringway is using low emission vehicles for road maintenance in Central London. The fleet of 20 chassis units are teamed up with a variety of gritting, gully-cleaning and jetting bodies. The jetting units use recycled water.
The vehicles are well below the emission levels recently introduced for London’s Low Emission Zone.