Mack Trucks Unveils Fully Electric Mack LR Refuse Demonstration Model
May 27, 2019  


LAS VEGAS: Mack Trucks unveiled today its highly anticipated Mack LR battery
electric vehicle (BEV) at WasteExpo 2019.
Combining the refuse industry-leading design of the Mack LR model with a
fully electric Mack drivetrain, the demonstration model will begin
real-world testing in 2020 in the demanding operations of the New York City
Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

The Mack LR BEV is the latest example of Mack's leadership within the refuse
and recycling industry, said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice
president, North American sales and marketing. Built on our decades of
experience in powertrain innovation, the electric LR delivers a powerful yet
quiet, zero-emission solution designed to tackle one of the most demanding
applications in one of the largest cities in the world.

The Mack LR BEV is powered by Mack's integrated electric powertrain
consisting of two 130-kW motors producing a combined 496 peak horsepower and
4,051 lb.-ft. of torque available from zero RPM. Power is sent through a
two-speed Mack Powershift transmission and put to the ground by Mack's
proprietary S522R 52,000-lb. rear axles. The Mack LR BEV features a
copper-colored Bulldog hood ornament, signifying that it's an electric

All of the LR BEV's accessories, including the hydraulic systems for the
Heil DuraPack 5000 body, are electrically driven through 12V, 24V and 600V
circuits. Four NMC lithium-ion batteries (Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt
Oxide) are charged via a 150kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system.

As one of Mack's largest customers, DSNY was an ideal choice to test the
first LR BEV model in a real-world application. DSNY is the world's largest
sanitation department, with its 10,000 employees collecting more than 12,000
tons of refuse and recyclables each day. DSNY is also a sustainability
innovator and has initiated several programs designed to reduce waste sent
to landfills, as well as cut emissions.

New York City, and DSNY in particular, is a world leader when it comes to
testing the latest technologies to help us reduce our environmental
footprint, said New York City DSNY Deputy Commissioner Rocky DiRico. We're
proud to be the first Mack customer to test this exciting new technology,
and we look forward to continuing to work with Mack throughout this project.

Even as electromobility technology and supporting infrastructure continues
to develop, refuse and recycling collection represents an ideal application
for BEVs because of the potential to deliver the most value to customers.
Collection vehicles operate on predetermined routes and return home every
off shift, helping eliminate concerns about range and finding a location to
charge. The frequent starts and stops, which can occur thousands of times
per shift, also provide a significant regenerative braking opportunity to
recapture energy.

Fully electric trucks like the Mack LR BEV provide a number of benefits,
including zero emissions and the potential for improved environmental
sustainability. In addition, fully electric trucks produce significantly
less noise, enabling nighttime operation, a particularly attractive option
for refuse operators in urban environments.

Mack LR BEV Specifications

Electric Motors

Two Alternating Current motors, 130 kW each
370kW (496 hp) total peak power, 260 kW (349 hp) continuous power
4,051 lb.-ft. of torque
Traction voltage 600 volts


Four NMC Lithium-Ion Batteries (Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide)

Charging System

SAE J1772 compliant
Up to 150kW charging power at 200 amps maximum current
600-750 volts, depending on state of battery charge
Regenerative braking system

Accessory Power

12 volt, 24 volt and 600 volt circuits


Two-speed Mack Powershift


Mack FXL20 20,000-lb. front axle
Mack S522R 52,000-lb. rear axles


Heil 25-yard DuraPack 5000 rear loader

Dedicated to durability, reliability and meeting the needs of customers,
Mack Trucks has provided purpose-built transportation solutions for more
than a century. Today, Mack is one of North America's largest producers of
heavy-duty trucks, and Mack trucks are sold and serviced through an
extensive distribution network in more than 45 countries. Mack trucks,
diesel engines and transmissions sold in North America are assembled in the
United States. Mack manufacturing locations are certified to the
internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard for quality, ISO 14001 standard
for environmental management systems and OHSAS 18001 standard for health and
safety management systems. Mack is also a proud sponsor of Share the Road,
an American Trucking Associations public information campaign aimed at
enhancing the safety of our nation's roadways.

Mack Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading
manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and
industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing
and service. The Volvo Group, which employs almost 100,000 people, has
production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than
190 markets. In 2018, the Volvo Group's sales amounted to about $43 billion.
The Volvo Group is a publicly held company headquartered in Gothenburg,
Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. For more information,
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