Mack Trucks’ first fully electric Class 8 vehicle, namely the LR Electric model, is now in serial production at Mack’s Lehigh Valley Operations facility in Macungie, Pennsylvania. Seven Mack BEV trucks had already been ordered by the New York City Department of Sanitation, as we wrote in this post last June. Mack trucks belongs to the Volvo Group.
Mack Trucks LR Electric: some technical insights
Equipped with four Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide lithium-ion batteries, the LR Electric is charged by a 150 kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system. The batteries provide vehicle propulsion and power for all onboard accessories driven through 12V, 24V and 600V electric circuits. A three-mode regenerative braking system helps recapture the energy from the hundreds of stops the vehicle makes each day as a result of increasing payload throughout the day.
Additionally, the LR Electric features the same ergonomics and visibility as the diesel-powered LR model. The same driver/passenger side driving configurations, as well as seating choices and door options, are offered in the LR Electric as on the diesel-powered Mack LR model. A copper-colored Bulldog hood ornament, signifying the fully electric drivetrain, is featured prominently on the front of the truck.
After sales: the Mack Ultra Service Agreement
«We are successfully producing the LR Electric at LVO, and we are fulfilling customer orders as we speak. I’d like to recognize the hard work and dedication of LVO employees who have been eagerly preparing for this moment», said Gunnar Brunius, vice president and general manager at LVO.
Mack recently announced that the LR Electric comes standard with the Mack Ultra Service Agreement, offering customers a tailored uptime package designed specifically to meet the unique needs of BEV. The Ultra Service Agreement includes preventive and scheduled maintenance, towing and repair, a battery warranty and monitoring via Mack connected services in a single package that can include monthly payments.