BYD delivers 1st Class-8 battery-electric refuse truck to Recology in Seattle

Seattle, WA(5/21/2019) – BYD, the leader in commercial electric truck deployments in the United States, delivered Seattle’s first ever all-electric refuse truck, which is also the first electric Class-8 rear loader in the United States.

The major milestone for heavy duty battery electric trucks features BYD’s hard working 8R Class-8 fitted with New Way Viper Rear Loader refuse body. The first-of-its-kind vehicle is now in operation with Recology in Seattle, WA servicing the city of Seattle with solid waste pickup.

“By partnering with the City of Seattle, BYD and New Way, we can be a catalyst to effect positive, sustainable change, setting the stage for what a 21stcentury refuse truck should look like,” said Derek Ruckman, Vice President and Group Manager in the Pacific Northwest at Recology.

“We’re proud to provide Recology and the residents of Seattle with the most advanced collection trucks in the world,” said BYD Motors Director of Business Development, John Gerra. “And with the outstanding support we received from New Way for its advanced Rear Loader design, we are excited to build many more trucks together for the US market.”

New Way, a family-owned business since 1971, manufactures a complete line of refuse equipment in Scranton, Iowa, including the Viper mid-compaction Rear Loader bodies. With outside cylinders and operating valve, New Way’s streamlined Viper design offers increased efficiency, safety and value.

“By combining the innovative design of our Viper Rear Loader body with BYD’s zero-emissions battery-electric technology, we can produce the most efficient and sustainable refuse truck available on the market today,” said Don Ross, New Way Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Recology, an employee-owned company with more than 100 years’ experience in the waste industry, provides service to communities up and down the West Coast. The Recology mission represents a fundamental shift from traditional waste management to resource recovery. The vision at Recology is to create a world without waste by developing and discovering sustainable resource recovery practices that can be implemented globally.


BYD, the leader in commercial electric truck deployments in the United States, is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and the global leader in battery-electric trucks with more than 8,000 electric trucks in service. BYD is an industry leader in several other high-tech sectors including automobiles, electronics, buses, forklifts, energy storage and solar power. BYD is a publicly traded company with 60% of its stock owned by North American investors. Berkshire Hathaway is BYD’s largest institutional shareholder.


Recology King County provides solid waste, recycling and compost collection service for nine cities in the Puget Sound region. Recology King County is a subsidiary of Recology, an employee-owned company that sees a world without waste, where resources are used and re-used in a sustainable ecosystem that strives for their best and highest use. Recology has over 100 years in service in the waste industry with more than 733,000 residential customers and 109,000 commercial customers in California, Oregon, and Washington.


New Way® Trucks, a family-owned company, is a highly motivated team of experienced and talented individuals who have been committed to innovation, quality and customer satisfaction for nearly 50 years. New Way® refuse trucks represent the best values in the industry with superior service and support over the life of the product. Combining economy with safety, performance and durability, New Way® is proud to manufacture the finest equipment for customers around the world. Learn more at