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September 25, 2020 12:15 PM, EDT

Mack Delivers LR Electric Refuse Truck to NYC

Mack LRThe DSNY Mack LR Electric demonstration model will be based at DSNY’s Brooklyn North 1 garage. (Mack Trucks)

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Mack Trucks announced it has delivered its heavy-duty LR Electric demonstration model to the New York City Department of Sanitation, which will put it through rigorous, real-world trials collecting refuse.

The announcement was made during Climate Week NYC 2020, the biggest climate summit taking place this year and coordinated through the United Nations and New York City, according to Greensboro, N.C.-based Mack, a unit of Volvo Group.

New York’s Department of Sanitation is the world’s largest municipal sanitation department, with roughly 12,000 tons of refuse and recyclables collected each day by more than 6,000 vehicles. Its collection fleet is composed predominantly of diesel-fueled Mack vehicles.

“Electric trucks will be a key component to helping New York City meet its ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2035,” Rocco DiRico, deputy commissioner for support services at the sanitation department, said in a release.

Mack earlier this month announced its plans to commercialize the LR Electric model in 2021.

The LR Electric features a copper-colored Bulldog hood ornament to represent the fully electric drivetrain, and two 167-kW motors, offering a combined 536 peak horsepower and 4,051 pound-feet of torque available from zero RPM. — Transport Topics

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