NWRA Issues White Paper on Electric Vehicle Truck Weights

NWRA Issues White Paper on Electric Vehicle Truck Weights

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has released its white paper, “Electric Vehicle Truck Weights.”

Due to the heavier truck weights caused by electric vehicle (EV) batteries, load sizes must be decreased to compensate for existing vehicle weight limits on roads and bridges. The average waste and recycling collection vehicle weighs approximately 33,000 pounds when empty, and depending on the type of vehicle, these trucks can carry between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds of waste. A battery for a heavy-duty electric truck can weigh up to 16,000 pounds. This can add as much as 5,000 pounds to the overall weight of the vehicle.

“NWRA is supportive of innovations taking place in the field of EVs,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “However, we also recognize that the technologies for heavy-duty EVs like those in the waste and recycling industry are not yet perfected, especially with capacity issues.”

The waste and recycling industry is ideal for electrification as its vehicles run consistent, weekly routes with low daily miles, limited speeds, repetitive accelerating/braking and can fully recharge overnight when not in use. As states and localities encourage or in some cases move toward mandating the use of EV waste and recycling collection trucks, they must also consider these factors if they hope to maintain current levels of service and efficiency.

NWRA white papers are issued to NWRA members for their use in advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste & Recycling Association