U.S. truck manufacturer Mack trucks, part of the Volvo Group, launched its own VaaS program, with the acronym standing for Vehicle-as-a-Service. As stated by the manufacturer, the program has the ambition «to help simplify the purchase process and help customers better manage expenses associated with acquiring the Mack LR Electric battery electric vehicle». At the end of last year, Mack Trucks announced serial production of the LR electric model. In the summer, the company had announced that the New York City Department of Sanitation bought seven e-trucks, to be used all over the city territory.
What is Mack Trucks’ VaaS program?
VaaS includes the vehicle chassis, the refuse body, applicable taxes and a comprehensive vehicle protection plan – the Mack Ultra Service Agreement – for the Mack LR Electric refuse model, which is Mack’s first fully electric Class 8 vehicle. Qualified customers also have the option to bundle a charger and associated installation costs into a single invoice, an all-inclusive offer unique in the industry. VaaS is offered as a five-year lease with single monthly payments and the option to renew.
«The Mack Vehicle-as-a-Service program is designed to address any customer hesitations in adopting electromobility by offering zero upfront costs», said George Fotopoulos, Mack vice president of the e-mobility business unit. «Mack took this approach because we believe in BEV technology, we stand behind our electric products, and we want to accelerate industry adoption of this technology».
Supplying the very first e-truck to Eco-Cycle
Additionally, Mack Trucks announced that Eco-Cycle, one of the largest nonprofit recyclers and Zero Waste organizations in the U.S., recently ordered a Mack LR BEV. It is the first BEV that Eco-Cycle will add to its fleet.
«Eco-Cycle is excited to partner with Mack and their global leadership in our transition to EV collection vehicles», said Suzanne Jones, Eco-Cycle executive director. «Mack has developed not only a cutting-edge EV truck, but their depth of understanding of the challenges of innovation make them an exceptional collaborator. From the extensive testing of the LR Electric, to the collaboration with Bruckner’s, the local dealer, Mack has built a platform that we are certain will enable our collective success».