Use Mack's new range calculator to plan electric vehicle collection routes
Mack Trucks has introduced a range calculator for electric vehicles to help customers simulate real-world collection routes. This information allows customers to plan and build routes for the Mack LR Electric refuse vehicle based on many route-specific variables.
The range calculator takes into account the battery capacity, refuse body application type, ambient temperature, terrain, and the number of stops on a specific route. This enables customers to estimate and plan for the energy that will be consumed on the route.
"The range calculator for electric vehicles is a useful tool for customers and potential customers so when they're making the decision about whether to purchase an electric vehicle, they can easily plan collection routes that will be best suited for the vehicle," said Scott Barraclough, Mack Trucks senior product manager of e-mobility. "The tool is easy to use and can predict when the vehicle should need to be charged, if necessary, so that the proper planning can be made."
Using GPS data collected from the customer's current routes, Mack is able to utilize the data to produce a detailed report predicting the number of starts and stops the Mack LR Electric can fulfill on the specific route. The calculator takes into account increasing payload, regenerative braking, and the time spent at each stop.
Customers interested in the range calculator can speak with their local Mack dealer.
The next generation LR Electric, which was launched in March 2022, features 42 percent more energy and a standard 376 kWh total battery capacity for an increased range. The Mack LR Electric features twin electric motors, 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.
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