EVIE, Johnston’s ZERO EMISSIONS fully electric truck mounted sweeper, is shortlisted for BEEA’s Mechanical Product of the Year 2019
Johnston’s pioneering new VE652 fully-electric trick mounted sweeper, also known as Evie (Electric Vehicle/Intelligent Electronics), has been shortlisted for ‘New Mechanical Product of the Year 2109’ in the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEA).
The awards are to be announced in October, and Evie is one of only eight new products selected to be considered for the coveted award.
Already awarded ‘Bodywork Innovation of the Year’ in the national 2018 Commercial Awards, Evie is a fully electrically-powered, zero emissions truck-mounted sweeper – the first production-available full size sweeper of its type, and representing a huge advance in electric vehicle technology.
Mounted on a specially modified 16 tonne chassis, Evie is driven by a high-performance 350kW electric motor, powered by a 200kWh Lithium Ion Phosphate battery-pack. All of the automotive functions are electrically-powered, as well as the fan, brushes and Supawash system, requiring no additional power input.
The result is a zero-emissions, low-noise, low-maintenance full-size sweeper with a 6-tonne payload, similar to a diesel twin-engine machine, and capable of performing a full sweeping shift with routine overnight recharging back at the depot.
Evie is ideally suited for municipal use, with its clean-air and virtually noise-free operation, the only sound coming from the airflow and the brushes on the road surface – perfect for local authority street cleansing operations.
Initially engineered as a proof-of-concept vehicle, Evie has proved that it is also capable of the toughest sweeping tasks, including back to black cleaning operations, and a first production batch is currently being built in response to huge interest from cities all over the world.
Evie has been developed as part of Johnston’s drive for alternative fuels, giving local authorities the opportunity to make a real difference to air and noise pollution. For the first time in 80 years of producing road sweepers for the worldwide market, Johnston Sweepers’ entire product line-up is alternative fuel-enabled, with a range of fuel choices.