The first fully-electric sweeper is being launched by Schmidt, part of the ASH Group. The zero emission machine is the e-version of its best-selling Swingo 200+ sweeper and will make its debut at IFAT 2018 in May.

The new e Swingo 200+ compact sweeper operates entirely on electric power without generating any emissions, making it not just one of the cleanest compact sweepers available on the market but also one of the most cost-competitive.

Over its life cycle, the costs of the eSwingo 200+ are on par with those of the diesel version, thanks to lower energy and maintenance costs and a longer operating life. So, not only does the eSwingo 200+ benefit the environment, it also benefits the bottom line.

The ASH Group aims to offer both local authorities and private service providers sustainable cutting-edge technology in a package covering all the service, maintenance and performance needs of the new all-electric model.

Examples include a compatible charging station with a monitoring function; a GPS-based telematics solution to boost performance and optimise route planning; and expert advice on all aspects of infrastructure, energy demand, maintenance concepts and fleet set-up.

Customers don't need to worry about battery life as all battery servicing and diagnostics are provided by the ASH Group and any used batteries can be returned and recycled free of charge.

The new eSwingo 200+ will make its first public appearance from 14 ' 18 May 2018 at the IFAT trade fair in Munich on the ASH Group stand in the open-air section 709/15.

Schmidt says it will also be launching a new diesel version the Swingo 200+ in the autumn with a fully Euro6C compliant engine. But it is the new 'Generation E' machine that truly heralds the dawn of a new era in sweeping technology.

Both the drive and the sweeping unit are propelled entirely by electric power from a rechargeable battery with a capacity of more than 60kWh that powers the sweeper for up to 10 hours without recharging.

'Our requirements when it came to developing our new electric sweeper were clearly defined,' says Tobias Weissenrieder, sweeping and agriculture manager at ASH Group.

'The suction power and the volume of the hopper are the same as that of the diesel model and customers should be able to complete a full shift, working for up to 10 hours, with this machine.

'There was never any question of us making compromises. The eSwingo 200+ produces zero CO2 emissions.

'With the eSwingo, savings of up to 85% of the energy costs and up to 70% of the maintenance costs can be achieved and customers also benefit from the machine having a longer life cycle compared to a diesel model.

'Looking at the overall costs of ownership, the new eSwingo 200+ is no more expensive to operate than the existing diesel Swingo 200+'

The two battery packs, delivering 48V and 400V, can be quickly recharged in just two hours and provide at least 5000 charging cycles.

The eSwingo is also particularly quiet, with a noise level dramatically lower than that of the diesel equivalent. As a result, the machine can be deployed at night or in the early hours of the morning.

The new machine has a top speed of 31mph and the battery distribution is designed to provide driving stability. It also holds a 380 litre water tank and the 2m3 hopper ' just like the diesel model.

'Controlling air pollution and reducing noise are becoming more and more important to our customers,' said Barend Fruithof, CEO of the ASH Group.

'The European Union has also set itself the target of reducing CO2 emissions by 2050 by 80% from 1990. This demands a rethink within society ' and new thinking from companies such as Aebi Schmidt.

'The electrical implement carrier Aebi EC and the eSwingo 200+ represent milestones from which we will consistently look to expand our range of alternative drive concepts'