Snohomish Times News SNOHOMISH WEATHER
Home | Business News | County News | Entertainment | Local News | Photo Gallery | Prep Sports | Roads Traffic News | Snohomish News Archive | STSPN.COM

Snohomish County Expands Use of Electric Vehicles

McDaniels Do it Best
Published:2021-10-06 County
Snohomish County Expands Use of Electric Vehicles     Print Snohomish Times    
Snohomish County Expands Use of Electric Vehicles

EVERETT, Wash., October 6, 2021 – National Energy Efficiency Day is October 6, 2021. As part of ongoing efforts to maintain an environmentally sustainable and cost-saving infrastructure system, the Snohomish County Public Works Solid Waste Division is in the process of replacing diesel powered “yard goats” (terminal tractors) with electric powered units at the Airport Road Recycling and Transfer Station (ARTS) and Southwest Recycling and Transfer Station (SWRTS). Three of five diesel yard goats have been replaced, and there are plans to replace the remaining units within the next two years. The division has been pleased with the performance of the electric units, especially noting reduced down time with mechanical issues.

“We were looking for a better performing vehicle that also had some cost savings as we replaced aging equipment, but we also are able to achieve environmental benefits with these electric yard goats.” said Solid Waste Division Director, Kevin Kelly. “We look forward to the continued reductions of carbon emissions, lifetime cost savings, and reduced maintenance these electric vehicles offer for many years to come.”

Yard goats are the most commonly used, heavy-duty vehicles for moving trailers on county property. Staff uses them to move 53’ intermodal trailers onsite at the division’s three transfer stations. Each container is filled with approximately 59,000 pounds of compacted refuse for transport via rail to our vendor’s landfill. Solid Waste is working to replace 2 more of the diesel units in 2022.

Savings generated from use of electric vehicles:

• Operating cost comparison: Average hourly operating cost (fuel, parts, and labor) for a diesel yard goat is $36.10/hour; electric yard goat is $11.33/hour (not including cost of electricity). This electric vehicle was used 890 hours in 2020, equating to a savings of over $22,000 in operating costs for the year.
• Initial cost of equipment: $240K for electric vs. $120k for a diesel vehicle. A 10-year life is expected, generating operating and fuel savings which will more than make up the difference of the initial cost.
• Fuel savings (diesel vs. electric): Annual fuel consumption for one diesel yard goat is 1,002 gallons of diesel fuel vs. 0 gallons for electric.
• Reduced maintenance time/cost for electric vs. diesel: Maintenance time for a diesel unit is 169 labor hours and $27,147 annually; 82 labor hours and $10,080 annually for an electric unit.
• Tons of CO2 emissions avoided: 10 tons avoided annually through the use of one electric yard goat. Therefore, 30 tons will be saved annually for the three new goats.

According to, energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest way to meet energy needs and reduce pollution. It is also an economic engine, supporting more than 2.3 million jobs nationwide according to the Energy Efficiency Day website. #EEDay2021

Published: Saturday, April 16, 2022
Mileage tax is a slush fund for transit Mileage tax is a slush fund for transit
For Seattle planners, the mileage tax is a slush fund for transit, not a gas tax replacement

Published: Friday, April 15, 2022
Vancouver school superintendent seeks to end learning excellence program Vancouver school superintendent seeks to end learning excellence program
Vancouver public school superintendent Jeff Snell (annual salary $281,000) says he wants to expel students from the districts popular self-contained Highly Gifted classes and end the program permanently.

Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2022
HART released its report and five-year plan HART released its report and five-year plan
We need more housing, at all price points, to ensure we have livable communities for all of our residents

Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Oregons COVID state of emergency to end April 1 Oregons COVID state of emergency to end April 1
No fooling, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is rescinding her states COVID state of emergency on April 1

Published: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Income tax ban Income tax ban
There are now at least 26 local governments in Washington with an income tax ban.


Snohomish Sports Network



The Epoch Times


The Worldwide Media Guide