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The scarcity of diesel trucks during the pandemic was the trigger for a major shift at Packmat Equipment, which specializes in the manufacture of compaction equipment. What if the process was fully electrified? After about a year of work, the company is ready to accelerate the deployment of its innovation.

This 100% electric mobile trash compactor is the result of a collaboration with the Lion Electric Company. It is on the chassis of an electric truck from the Quebec manufacturer that the compactor is found – a telescopic arm equipped with a three-ton compaction roller.

The vehicle will be officially presented this Monday, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, in Montérégie, at the company’s premises.

Energy and cost saving

“We could have taken a hydraulic compactor and installed it on a Lion truck, but this system would have consumed a lot more energy,” explains The Press the president of Packmat Equipment, Hugo Marsan. We redesigned the system to have something unique. »

Why are sorting centres, construction companies, contractors and other waste container users turning to mobile compaction services? Mainly to save space in the metal boxes, which allows them to reduce their costs.

“When the container is full, if we ask for a replacement, it can cost between $600 and $900,” says Mr. Marsan. We charge $150 for the compaction service. On average, our customers save a container rotation by calling on us. »

Packmat Equipment was founded in 2019 following a collaboration between the French company Packmat Systèmes and the Quebec company Xpak Industries. About 50 hydraulic units had been installed on diesel-powered trucks over the past three years before being shipped to customers on both sides of the border.

Then, the health crisis changed the situation.

“There was a chassis shortage with COVID-19 and semiconductor issues,” says Marsan. We wanted to get around that. We wanted to install the compactor on a trailer and found that Lion could supply trucks. »

Two Options

Packmat Equipment acts as both manufacturer and supplier. The company operates a fleet of five mobile compactors — five diesel trucks and two powered by electricity — which serve more than 300 customers.

The autonomy of a truck is estimated at 210 kilometers and it is possible to carry out 25 compactions daily. Mr. Marsan says chassis have already been ordered from Lion in the United States. Deliveries are planned south of the border next year, he said.

For Lion, this partnership with Packmat Equipment is similar to agreements announced in recent years with companies such as Fourgon Transit (delivery vans) and Boivin Evolution (electric dumpsters). It allows the Quebec manufacturer of electric trucks and buses to stimulate its sales.

The Saint-Jérôme-based company nevertheless had its work cut out to make sure it made things easier for users.

“We worked hard to ensure that the equipment that is installed is able to be powered by the truck’s battery pack,” explains Lion’s President and CEO, Marc Bédard. With competitors, it is not integrated. This means that two terminals are needed to recharge because the systems are independent. We wanted to avoid that. »

Thanks to subsidies from Quebec and Ottawa, the price of a Lion6 is equivalent to that of a diesel truck. The electric compactor sells for around $200,000, while the hydraulic version is displayed at $175,000, according to Mr. Marsan.

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  • 26,000 pounds
    This is the weight of the truck equipped with the electric compactor.

    Source: packmatequipment



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