The council bought four electric eSwingo compact sweepers, which replace diesel versions.
Bedford BC fleet and engineering team leader, Tony Bowers, said: ‘After testing a number of different makes of sweeper, we opted for the eSwingo because it is very quiet so ideal for the town centre and is easily able to carry out a shift on a single charge.’
Aebi Schmidt area sales manager Matthew Elderkin added: ‘With excellent sweeping power and near-silent, carbon-free operation, the eSwingo can be deployed at night or in the early hours of the morning in built-up areas without disturbing the residents, ideal for local authorities operating in tight, urban locations like town centres.’
The council also opted to replace its aging truck-mounted sweepers with three of Aebi Schmidt’s Street King 660s.
Mr Bowers said: ‘In our trials, the SK660s performed very well, they were available in stock and we had buy-in from our driver/operators who were impressed by the performance.’
Bedford BC also purchased a Flexigo 150 compact sweeper, which has articulated steering, permanent four-wheel drive and is fitted with a scrub deck.