Mack Trucks To Introduce Fully Electric Refuse Vehicle Next Year

by Jake Tully - Published: 4/25/2018

In an announcement made during WasteExpo at the Las Vegas Convention Center yesterday, Mack Trucks reported that the company plans to introduce a fully electric refuse vehicle in 2019.

The company, a part of the Volvo Group, reports that the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will test the demonstration vehicle when it is introduced.

Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Mack Trucks North America reports that introducing the truck will allow the company to move forward with the future of the industry in terms of sustainable technology.

"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 Randall. "DSNY is one of Mack's largest customers, and the department is known for its progressive sustainability efforts. We look forward to working with them as we test the first fully electric LR model in a real-world application."

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Mack reports that introducing a full electric vehicle within the context of a route wherein a truck returns home nightly will be an excellent test for the vehicle.

"The New York City DSNY looks forward to extending our long-standing partnership with Mack Trucks through the testing of the electric LR," said New York City DSNY deputy commissioner, Rocky DiRico,. "Sustainability is extremely important to the DSNY, and we consistently test new technology to help New York City reach its goal of 80 percent reduced emissions by 2050."

Mack Trucks reports that benefits of introducing the electric truck include zero emissions, environmental sustainability, and overall reduced noise during operation, allowing for quiet evening operation.