SDOT explores electric sweepers to align with climate justice goals
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is taking a significant step toward reducing its carbon footprint with the initiation of the eBroomer Pilot Program. The aim? To test the viability of replacing its carbon-emitting vehicle fleet with zero-emissions alternatives, such as electric bike lane sweepers.
“Seattle deserves a transportation system that works for all users, supports a healthier, sustainable, and equitable future. This pilot program brings us one step closer to achieving our One Seattle vision for a zero-emission, fossil fuel-free City fleet by 2030,”Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell
SDOT recently concluded a successful test run of the eSwingo 200+, a fully electric compact sweeper. The six-month rental of the machine represents the department’s first step in evaluating electric options for city street cleaning.
Strategic deployment: four to six pilot projects
The eBroomer Pilot is just the beginning. SDOT has plans to carry out four to six pilot projects through 2024, focusing on electric vehicles and equipment for a range of tasks including street sweeping, bike lane inspections, and more.
Aligned with Mayor Harrell’s Executive Order
The Pilot Program directly supports Mayor Harrell’s 2022 Transportation and Climate Justice Executive Order. It underlines the city’s ambition to have a 100% zero-emission, fossil fuel-free fleet by the end of this decade.
Operational challenges: adapting to Seattle’s terrain
The eSwingo 200+ is generally rated to operate for ten hours on a single charge. However, one of the pilot’s objectives is to determine how the machine performs on Seattle’s unique topographic conditions, which may affect its operational capacity.
Emphasizing climate and social responsibility
Transportation is the main source of climate emissions in Seattle. Thus, by prioritizing cleaner, quieter options like electric sweepers, SDOT is contributing to a broader societal objective of reducing the city’s environmental impact.
What you need to know:
- eSwingo 200+: Operates for ten hours on a single charge.
- Charging Time: Requires eight hours for a full charge.
- Pilot Area: South Dearborn Street and 2nd Avenue.
- Additional Tests: Functionality, maintenance needs, charging time, and inclement weather durability.
Conclusion: sustainable transportation future
The eBroomer Pilot Program isn’t merely an isolated endeavor in Seattle but a calculated move within a broader plan to combat climate change, bolster community well-being, and provide more equitable access to all.