The 817 E series is equipped with a 75 kW electric engine, which, as well as being good for the environment, also makes good business sense. In Lünen the machine operates across a three-shift system, racking up about 5,000 operational hours a year. When this is compared to the consumption costs of an equivalent diesel engine, the initial investment in the electric drive and power supply is soon offset. At the Lippe plant, electricity is generated by an on-site biogas facility and an animal carcass incineration unit. This means that Remondis is not dependent on external electricity providers or subject to electricity price fluctuations.
"Experience has shown us that electric material handlers retain their value much better and suffer less from wear and tear. Longer service intervals and the elimination of oil changes primarily save us resources and, of course, money," says Christian Vollmer, giving further reasons for using an electric 817 E.