Increase waste collection range with Mack's next-generation battery-electric vehicle
Mack Trucks' next-generation Mack LR Electric battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is available for order.
The class 8 Mack LR Electric refuse model offers customers a battery-electric option for refuse and recycling collection. Mack began serial production of the LR Electric in 2021 at its Lehigh Valley operations facility where all class 8 Mack vehicles for North America and export are assembled.
"Customer feedback about the Mack LR Electric has been extremely positive, and we look forward to continuing to advance electrification to fulfill the needs of our customers," said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of sales and commercial operations.
The next generation LR Electric features 42 percent more energy and a standard 376 kWh total battery capacity offering an increased range. Featuring twin electric motors, the Mack LR Electric offers 448 continuous horsepower and 4,051 lb.-ft. of peak output torque from zero RPM. The LR Electric has a two-speed Mack Powershift transmission, Mack mRIDE suspension, and Mack's proprietary S462R 46,000-pound rear axles.
The LR Electric's vehicle propulsion is offered through four NMC (nickel manganese cobalt oxide) lithium-ion batteries that are charged through a 150 kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system. The four batteries also provide all power for every onboard accessory, driven through 12V, 24V, and 600V circuits. The two-stage regenerative braking system helps recapture energy from the successive stops the vehicle makes each day with an increasing load.
"Mack continues to make investments in e-mobility, and we are pleased that this next generation LR Electric further improves our offering," said Scott Barraclough, Mack senior product manager of e-mobility. "Our dealers also are becoming EV certified, so customers will have the same level of service and support they have come to expect from Mack and its extensive dealer network."
Mack has EV-certified dealers in California, Idaho, and Quebec, and many more are working toward achieving EV certification status. Mack also has a Vehicle-as-a-Service (VaaS) program to help customers better manage the purchase process for the Mack LR Electric model.
VaaS includes the vehicle chassis, the refuse body, applicable taxes, and a comprehensive vehicle protection plan – the Mack Ultra Service agreement. Qualified customers have the option to bundle a charger and associated installation costs into a single invoice. VaaS is offered as a five-year lease with single monthly payments and the option to renew.
The Mack Ultra Service agreement includes all preventive and corrective maintenance, excluding accidental repairs, Mack GuardDog Connect uptime services, roadside assistance, and battery monitoring. GuardDog Connect monitors vehicle systems, including battery health and performance and checks for fault codes and defects reported by the battery and electric components of the energy storage system.