Heidelberg sets a good example

We have already reported that Heidelberg was the first German city to order an eSwingo 200+. The city hosted the International Conference for Climate Action in May this year and is pursuing a significant number of initiatives in the field of environment and sustainability. For example, the city administration intends to gradually convert its vehicle fleet to zero-emission vehicles. Since mid-September, an eSwingo 200+ has also been contributing to this goal.

The new model, labelled with the logo and colors of Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung Heidelberg, was recently presented to the press. We already accompanied our machine for one day on the occasion of the climate conference and asked Michael Kraft, Head of the Cleaning Department of the City of Heidelberg, about his expectations. In addition to the expectation that the electric machine would work just as well as the conventional model, i.e. that reliability, performance and comfort would have to be identical, Kraft also hoped that his team would be able to sweep Heidleberg’s Old Town more intensively at the weekend because the machine is quieter. On the occasion of the press conference, the city of Heidelberg emphasized not only the advantages of the emission-free and low-noise drive but also the fact that the eSwingo’s special circulating air system could reduce emissions of harmful particulate matter by up to 70 percent.

Heidelberg’s first electric sweeper is in operation in the Old Town. The picture shows (from left): Oleg Valjavin, driver, Rolf Friedel, Head of Waste Management and City Cleaning Heidelberg, Major Wolfgang Erichson and Michael Kraft, Head of the Cleaning Department of the City of Heidelberg.

Would you like to hear for yourself how quiet the eSwingo is, what exactly Michael Kraft’s expectations are and see what the day of an eSwingo in Heidelberg looks like? On the occasion of the climate conference, we accompanied our machine and the city cleaning team for one day:

By the way: The noise level of an eSwingo is 91 dB(A), compared to a conventional Swingo with noise reduction package it is 99 dB(A). Is that a lot? We asked Tobias Weissenrieder, responsible for product management and research and development at the Aebi Schmidt Group. He explains: “A reduction of 3 dB(A) in sound pressure means halving the risk of hearing loss. A reduction of 10 dB(A) sound power means halving the volume. The eSwingo measured values are therefore almost half as low as those of the diesel model. However, people also perceive loudness depending on the frequency and type of noise source, so identical sounds are perceived differently.”