New Hybrid Recycling Vehicle from NTM Finland will debut in the UK at the RWM show, alongside Award Winning Demo vehicle
26 August 2011, News release from NTM-GB Limited
NTM is not a company that allows the grass to grow under its feet, Kurt-Erik Nordin, NTM's CEO, is a forward thinker and is continually sitting at the drawing board designing new innovative recycling vehicles in order to remain one step ahead of the company's competitors.
NTM's latest recycling vehicle, to roll off the production line in Finland, is the brand new Hybrid KGLS-2B. The new truck will be making its way to the UK shortly just in time to make its debut at the RWM (Recycling Waste Management) exhibition, at the NEC Birmingham from 13th - 15thSeptember 2011.
The new Hybrid is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery (which is completely recyclable) designed and manufactured by Finish Company, European Batteries Oy. These batteries are considered to be one of the best solutions for changing from fossil based combustion engines to electric energy ones. By using this battery you're saving around 20% on diesel consumption (1 litre of diesel causes emission of 2,68 kg of CO2 ), and the electrical system, as well as being incredibly environmentally friendly, is quiet in operation.
One of the many advantages of this type of battery is that it's half the weight of a lead/acid battery and is non-toxic. The life cycle of the lithium-ion battery is considerably longer than its competitors too, and after 2500 charges, a minimum of 80% of its capacity remained.
The new 26t Hybrid vehicle, mounted on a Volvo FES 300 6x2 Rchassis, is able to complete two shifts in any one day - so there is no need to charge the vehicle between shifts (the lithium-ion battery has an 18.5 hour life before it needs re-charging) ensuring maximum bin lifts in a working day - and with an 18.5 second compaction cycle speed - that's a lot of bins - competitors are quoting around 25 seconds!
The legal payload of this vehicle is 9900 kg (9.9 tonnes gross vehicle weight) and the NTM integrated solution, doesn't take up valuable body space.
Another unique selling point of the new vehicle is that it's the first hybrid of its kind with a split body (70/30 split) which enables the vehicle to take two fractions of waste at once.
Paul Westley, NTM-GB's managing director said, "We are really excited about the new Hybrid - yet another innovative vehicle in the NTM stable! I think it's going to cause quite a stir at the RWM exhibition as the first of its kind. NTM Finland believes it's the most powerful hybrid on the market - with a 96 volt battery. Others are using only 72 volts. Also this system can be adapted to fit any of our KG range. This particular vehicle was manufactured for SITA in Sweden as a demo vehicle - watch this space for when then vehicle will be available for trial in the UK."
Also on the NTM stand is the new demo vehicle - the KG2B-FK, which won Waste Recycling Vehicle of the Year, at the recent PAWRS awards. The new vehicle is completely unique in that the entire body, including the front pod, is NTM designed. Not only does this factor make the vehicle 'easy on the eye', but the unseen benefits are that it is mounted on one sub-frame, giving optimum distribution of load over the chassis rails. Also, the hydraulic and electrics are fully integrated as one body unit.
The new vehicle, which is mounted on a Mercedes chassis, has been designed to accept three fractions of waste and the unit comprises a 70/30 split rear loading body (KG-2B) and a front non compacting bin lift (FK) for recycling. The cubic capacities of the unit are KG-2B 9m3 and 4.5m3 the FK unit is 5.3m3 the capacities quoted are net not gross so represent the actual load capacity.
The KG2B-FK, which won Waste Recycling Vehicle of the Year, at the recent PAWRS awards
The FK is a top discharge unit so is a fully welded structure to avoid the possibility of leaks and the bin lift cycle is a very nifty 19 seconds. NTM has also designed the FK bin lift with a stainless steel pannier that does not need to be removed to empty bins, the pannier can easily be removed for cleaning. Another distinct advantage of the FK is the unique low discharge design, which is ideal for areas where overhead power cables are low.
The demo vehicle is fitted with NTM's own bar lift at the rear, but other types of lifts can be fitted. Another big plus is the vehicle is fitted with five cameras - including one that is
fitted inside the FK (front compartment) which will enable the operator to see just how much recycled material is inside.
NTM - GB's managing director Paul Westley said, "The new vehicle has fitted as standard what we call an 'Intelligent Hydraulic System' this system reduces load on the engine, reduces wear and tear, improves fuel consumption and reduces C02 emissions'"
"We can also offer as an option a 'Soft Pack Control' on the 70% split side of the vehicle," continued Paul. "This enables the driver with a mere rotation of a switch to reduce the compaction of waste. It can easily be set to minimum up to maximum without the need a workshop facility. So when collecting co-mingled recyclate, compaction can be reduced by the driver to aid MRF sort if required - which can be very useful when utilising vehicle for different types of waste streams."
There will be other vehicles on display at the RWM from the NTM Stable - You'll find NTM on stand number 2370
For further information please email NTM-GB Limited