The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) plans to purchase seven Mack LR Electric refuse models. Mack Trucks is part of the Volvo Group. The announcement was made by Mack Trucks during WasteExpo 2021, which ends today (June 30) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The DSNY have had the possibility to test the first fully electric refuse vehicle since September 2020, when it began rigorous real-world testing in Brooklyn. Since then, DSNY has been evaluating payload capacity, regenerative braking, overall vehicle performance in their demanding operations, operating range and charging requirements.

The DSNY Mack LR Electric demo truck features twin 167-kW electric motors offering a combined output of 448 continuous hp. The vehicle is equipped with a two-speed Mack Powershift transmission and Mack’s proprietary S462R 46,000-pound rear axles. Four NMC (Nickle Manganese Cobalt Oxide) lithium-ion batteries, charged through a 150kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system, offer vehicle propulsion and power for all onboard accessories.

«Performance exceeding expectations»

«The DSNY order for an additional seven Mack LR Electric trucks speaks to the fact that the performance of the current LR Electric demonstrator model collecting in Brooklyn is meeting and even exceeding their expectations», said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of sales and commercial operations. «Mack has long been the number one choice of refuse customers, and we are now well-positioned to be the industry leader in e-mobility as well. The Mack LR Electric is equipped with Mack’s integrated electric powertrain and will help New York City and DSNY achieve its zero-emissions goals».

Seven Mack LR Electric trucks for seven different zones in NYC

The seven battery-electric vehicles (BEV) will be located in the seven zones within New York City – the Bronx, Brooklyn North, Brooklyn South, Manhattan, Queens East, Queens West and Staten Island. DSNY will use a DC fast charger to charge each of the Mack Trucks’ vehicles.

DSNY collects about 12,000 tons of refuse and recyclables daily with more than 6,000 vehicles, the majority of which are Mack Trucks. «We look forward to our continued partnership with Mack Trucks in striving toward our environmental efforts to benefit the citizens of New York City», said DSNY Commissioner Edward Grayson. «The Mack demonstrator is performing well, and we look forward to when we have one in each of our city’s zones».


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