Mack, New York City plan electric refuse truck fleet

Mack, New York City plan electric refuse truck fleet

Vehicles to begin testing soon for availability in 2019.

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Mack Trucks, a part of Volvo Group, plans to have a fully electric Mack LR refuse model equipped with an integrated Mack electric drivetrain operating in North America in 2019, officials said at the WasteExpo trade show in Las Vegas.

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), one of Mack´s largest customers, will test the demonstration vehicle in its highly demanding operations.

Mack officials say they believe that at this stage of electromobility technology and infrastructure development, a fully electric vehicle will deliver the most value within a closed loop application, in which the truck returns home every night, such as refuse.

Benefits of fully electric trucks include zero emissions, significantly reduced noise, and environmental sustainability. The ability to operate quietly at night is particularly attractive to refuse customers in urban areas.

"It's clear that electromobility will be a part of the trucking industry's future, and Mack is well-positioned to offer integrated, fully electric solutions for the North American market," said Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Mack Trucks North America. "DSNY is one of Mack's largest customers, and the department is known for its progressive sustainability efforts."

Rocky DiRico, New York City DSNY deputy commissioner, says, "Sustainability is extremely important to the DSNY, and we consistently test new technology to help New York City reach its goal of 80% reduced emissions by 2050."