The vehicles, which will be used by the local authority for waste management, recycling and refuse services, will be using Vision Techniques’ VT Solar and its 3D overview system.

VT Solar works by applying solar panels to a vehicle roof, with the panels connected to a smart charge controller which interfaces with the vehicle battery and alternator. This enables the vehicle to use solar energy to power ancillary equipment.

The 360° 3D Overview system offers surround view monitoring with no blind spot to ensure enhanced safety. By using panoramic image synthesis technology, the system can simulate a 3D real driving scene on the in-cab display and in turn aid driver awareness while increasing road safety usage.

Nigel Jones, service manager at Lewes District Council, said: ‘As a local authority we are always searching for innovative products that can lessen the impact of our fleet on the environment – however small or large they are. Wherever we can reduce emissions, we will do – it’s one of the main reasons we opted for the VT Solar product.

‘In addition, we want to make sure we have a fleet that operates safely, and the 3D Overview system helps us achieve that objective.’

Dave Smith, Vision Techniques' general manager, added: ‘Demand has increased for new technology that will increase fleet performance and help reduce emissions, while ensuring their drivers have access to the best technology available to ensure they are operating safely.

‘Our business’ purpose is to help our customers keep their people safe, and other road users and we’re privileged to work with Lewes District Council in helping them achieve their objectives.’