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Volvo puts the Mack LR electric refuse truck into production


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Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT)  /  September 17, 2020

Volvo Group announced plans to commercialize the Mack LR Electric, its refuse model equipped with a fully electric integrated Volvo electric drivetrain. Orders for the Mack LR Electric will open in fourt-quarter of 2020, with deliveries beginning in 2021.

“Mack’s leadership in the refuse segment goes back more than a century, and we’re pleased to build on that heritage today by announcing the commercialization of the LR Electric model,” said Martin Weissburg, president, Mack Trucks. “This clean, quiet and powerful truck demonstrates the very best of Mack innovation and our people, and I couldn’t be more proud to announce our plans to build it.”

The production Mack LR Electric model will fulfill the needs of refuse customers, whether commercial or municipal, seeking a zero-emissions truck that aligns with their environmental goals and local emissions regulations. With its quiet operation, the LR Electric will meet the needs of customers working in an urban setting who are seeking to cut noise pollution and operate quietly at night, according to Mack. 

Introduced as a prototype in 2018, the LR Electric features Volvo Group’s fully integrated electric powertrain with twin electric motors and four NMC lithium-ion batteries providing vehicle propulsion, as well as power for all onboard accessories. A three-mode regenerative braking system takes into account the truck’s increasing load and helps recapture energy from the hundreds of stops refuse trucks make per day.

The LR Electric models will feature a copper Bulldog mounted on the front of each truck.

Minimal changes to the gauges and select switchgear were made, allowing Mack to carry over the standard LR cab.

The LR Electric will be monitored by Mack GuardDog Connect, a proactive telematics solution that monitors vehicle performance to help customers avoid unplanned downtime. LR Electric-focused service training and electrical safety curriculum will also be shared with the Mack dealer network to ensure customers receive the level of support they’ve come to expect from Volvo Group.


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