Dennis Eagle has unveiled the new eCollect electric vehicle at the IFAT trade show in Munich. The vehicle is set to go into production in late 2019.

The fully integrated vehicle features a low-entry chassis, refuse compaction body, bin lift and telematics system all powered by specifically designed battery packs and control systems.

The eCollect features 300kWh batteries, incorporating the latest available technology, with a 200kW electric motor driving a conventional axle.

It will initially be available in a 26-tonne 6x2 rear steer narrow (2.25m wide) configuration with left or right-hand drive options, a 19m3 narrow body and automatic split bin lift.

Kevin Else, managing director at Dennis Eagle, said: 'We are very excited to be unveiling our new eCollect electric model at IFAT.

'It is the result of many years' research and development and we are confident the end result will offer our customers a more environmentally friendly refuse collection vehicle that delivers affordable lifetime costs while delivering zero emission waste collection and transportation.

'Aside from the replacing the diesel engine with an electric drive system, we have made minimal changes to the vehicle design, helping to ensure ease of maintenance, as well as product familiarity with drivers and crews.

'As part of our rigorous development process the vehicle is currently being subjected to extensive trials and technical verifications. These are designed to optimise battery management software, enabling the range of the vehicle to meet the requirements of urban collection and ensuring it provides a viable, high-performance solution comparable to traditional fuel types'

The vehicle is featured on the Terberg RosRoca Group stand (HALL FGL.713/15) at the exhibition.