Commercial Vehicles

New York orders Mack Trucks’ e-refuse trucks


Volvo Group’s subsidiary Mack Trucks has announced that the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) plans to purchase seven Mack LR Electric refuse models that are to operate in each of the city’s boroughs.

In 2018, Mack first introduced a prototype of the Mack LR Electric and announced its plans to partner with DSNY for real-world testing. Serial production of the Mack LR Electric will begin this year.

The demonstrator model electric refuse truck being piloted by DSNY is propelled by twin 167-kW electric motors. This is charged through a 150kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system to power four NMC (Nickle Manganese Cobalt Oxide) lithium-ion batteries.

The electric refuse trucks being put into operation in New York will feature a three-mode regenerative braking system that is able to account for the refuse truck’s increasing load throughout the day as well as helping recapture energy from the many stops the vehicle makes each day. Mack  Trucks says that the electric waste disposal can be fitted with equipment bodies from a number of manufacturers.

DSNY took delivery of its demonstration model in September 2020 when it began real-world testing in Brooklyn. In operation, DSNY has been evaluating the vehicle’s payload capacity, regenerative braking and overall vehicle performance, range and charging requirements. Volvo says that the DSNY testing of the Mack LR Electric model is ongoing.

“The DSNY order for an additional seven Mack LR Electric trucks speaks to the fact that the performance of the current LR Electric demonstrator model collecting in Brooklyn is meeting and even exceeding their expectations,” said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of sales and commercial operations.

DSNY collects about 12,000 tons of refuse and recyclables every day with more than 6,000 vehicles, the majority of which are Mack trucks. DSNY Commissioner Edward Grayson said: “The Mack LR Electric demonstrator is performing well, and we look forward to when we have one in each of our city’s zones.”

The fully electric refuse truck goes into serial production this year at Mack’s Lehigh Valley Operations (LVO) facility in Macungie, Pennsylvania. All Class 8 models for North America and export will be assembled Macungie facility.

Volvo announced that it would share its battery technology across brands back in 2018. The Swedish vehicle maker owned by Geely said at the time that the technology would not only be shared with trucks though but also with buses and heavy industries.

Among the manufacturers making fully electric trucks globally, Scania, from Volkswagen has an electric truck in operation, as does Electra, Irizar, BYD, and Renault.


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