In September 2009, the City of New Rochelle inaugurated its first hybrid diesel-electric sanitation truck. It picks up refuse in the north and south ends of the City, collects paper recycling citywide, and will also be used for seasonal snow removal.
Unlike other diesel-electric hybrid systems which feature an in-line (series) technology, the plug-in parallel hybrid system adopted by the City of New Rochelle allows for the vehicle to work off electric power on demand as an alternative to the usual diesel power. The modularity of its design enables installation into existing vehicles as well as into new vehicles. The benefits of a plug-in operation include significant fuel savings and a 50% reduction in emissions of particulates and hydrocarbons. Additionally, the vehicle will run more quietly and require less maintenance.