Fewer air pollutants, fewer greenhouse gases, less noise – these are just some of the things people want from modern urban living. Many local authorities are therefore gradually switching their vehicle fleets to alternative, low-emission drive systems—not only in Germany and Europe, but increasingly also in Asia.
The environmental technology market has been offering battery-electric solutions for tasks such as waste collection, street cleaning and winter road maintenance for several years now—and the trend is rising. Some vehicle manufacturers and machine builders also offer hydrogen-powered systems for certain applications.
In recent years, the technical challenges for modern municipal services have also increased steadily in other areas. An example from street cleaning: according to VKU, the German Association of Local Utilities, the surfaces to be cleaned have become more sensitive and require new, sophisticated cleaning technologies.