My own electric garbage truck

After having such a great time pretending to run my own private fire department with the mini electric fire truck I found last week, I think I’ll stick with city services for a bit longer long time. And considering the infamously high salaries that garbage collectors are supposed to receive, maybe it’s time I bought an electric garbage truck and took that fire dumpster on the road.

The garbage truck in this week’s edition of the Awesomely Weird Alibaba Electric Vehicle of the Week will make that very much possible, and I’ll definitely be picking up municipal waste in style!

Admittedly, it might not have the same flash or pizzazz as an electric fire truck. But an electric garbage truck has its own quirky charm.

I can accept that fact that I’ll probably have to give up my chance to appear in the upcoming 2022 Calendar: Sexy Electric Fire Truck Operators, and hope instead for a feature in a tattered tear-off ad from Waste Management Engineers in a dirty combination of high ethical and environmental standards.

But that’s just the price I’ll have to pay to operate this awesome electric vehicle, which will turn as many heads as it does trash.

While everyone else is showing off in their electric F150 Lightnings and shiny new Rivians, I’ll have the rarest electric truck of them all: a Chinese electric mini garbage truck.

What is that? Got a pre-order for a 2024 Chevy Silverado EV electric truck? Congratulations on being basic!

Take advantage of your excessive and unnecessary power of 350 kW! I’ll be the talk of the town with my ultra-efficient 7.5kW motor. (Which, by the way, also makes it one of the most powerful electric vehicles ever featured in this column. I don’t know if that should make me laugh or cry).

The real gem of this truck though is its 400A cruise control. With a 72V electrical system, that means it can actually draw almost 30kW peak from the batteries! Who knew Alibaba’s most powerful electric vehicle would turn out to be a garbage truck? !

There are plenty of accessories to power though, so it’s good to know this garbage truck is a dormant hot rod.

Not only is there the drive motor that gets that aerodynamic equivalent of a brick wall up to 35 km/h (22 mph), but there’s also a full hydraulics system for all trash-related tasks. The remote, which you can see working in the video below, seems to have more functions than the remote from my parents’ old VCR. There are hydraulic actuators everywhere that perform tasks such as grabbing trash, lifting trash, dumping trash, and compacting trash. Basically, it’s a lot of junk handling.

The whole trash dance takes 30 seconds, which means you could hit most of the neighborhood before lunch. Although good luck keeping your appetite up after the first day of work.

I don’t know what the going rate is for garbage collection services, but that kind of specialized work can’t be cheap. It could be a lucrative racket.

I bet in a few weeks you could pay the $13,000 purchase price for this whimsical little garbage collector. From there, it’s all in the sauce, baby!

I’m not entirely sure about the range of the 14.4kWh battery. But if a Zero electric motorcycle can easily travel 160 km with an identically sized battery, at least that’s fine with us.

If I ever really needed to buy an electric garbage truck, this would be the company I would go with.

They seem like a fairly professional outlet and have a stack of them lined up ready to go.

It wouldn’t even be the weirdest thing I’ve bought in China, at least not yet.

As fun as it may be, I’m not sure I’d recommend anyone try picking one up yourself. Even though I’ve been pretty lucky on Alibaba, it’s a brave (or stupid) man’s game. You never know what you’re going to get, although I think most people buying an electric mini garbage truck from China’s biggest shopping site would go into it with pretty low expectations.

Instead of risking a few paychecks on one of these when we all don’t like to just window shop some of the other incredibly weird EVs of the week from Alibaba that I’ve featured previously!

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