Mack launches next-generation LR Electric

By Mike Brezonick03 March 2022

Mack Trucks announced today that its next generation Mack LR Electric battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is now available for order.

Mack said the Class 8 LR Electric refuse model combines power, reliability and durability with zero emissions, offering customers a more sustainable option for refuse and recycling collection. Mack began serial production of the LR Electric in 2021 at its Lehigh Valley Operations facility in Macungie, Pa., where all Class 8 Mack vehicles for North America and export are assembled.

Mack LR Electric Mack Trucks said its next generation Mack LR Electric battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is now available for order.

“Mack Trucks, the market leader in the refuse industry, is also a leader in e-mobility, and this is another step forward in our ongoing electrification journey,” said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of sales and commercial operations. “Customer feedback about the Mack LR Electric has been extremely positive, and we look forward to continuing to advance electrification to fulfill the needs of our customers.”

The next generation LR Electric incorporates 42% more energy and a standard 376 kWh total battery capacity using four NMC (nickel manganese cobalt oxide) to provide increased range. Utilizing twin electric motors, the Mack LR Electric offers 448 hp continuous, along with 4051 lb. ft. of peak output torque from zero rpm. The LR Electric also has a two-speed Mack Powershift transmission, Mack mRide suspension and Mack’s proprietary S462R 46,000 lb. rear axles.

Identifiable by a copper-colored Bulldog on the cab denoting the electric drivetrain, the LR Electric’s batteries are charged though a 150 kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system. The four batteries also provide all power for every onboard accessory, driven through 12, 24 and 600 V circuits. The two-stage regenerative braking system helps recapture energy from the hundreds of stops the vehicle makes each day with an increasing load.

“Mack continues to make investments in e-mobility, and we are pleased that this next generation LR Electric further improves our offering,” said Scott Barraclough, Mack senior product manager of e-mobility. “Our dealers also are becoming EV certified, so customers will have the same level of service and support they have come to expect from Mack and its extensive dealer network.”

Mack has EV-certified dealers in California, Idaho and Montreal, Quebec, and the company said more are working toward achieving EV Certification status. Mack and Mack Financial Services also recently announced the Mack Vehicle-as-a-Service (VaaS) program to help customers better manage the purchase process for the Mack LR Electric model. Mack said it is also partnering with all body builders.

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