Mack eyes fully electric refuse vehicles in 2019

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Mack Trucks, a part of Volvo Group, plans to have a fully electric Mack LR refuse model equipped with an integrated Mack electric drivetrain operating in North America in 2019.

Mack Trucks, a part of Volvo Group, plans to have a fully electric Mack LR refuse model equipped with an integrated Mack electric drivetrain operating in North America in 2019.

The New York City Department of Sanitation, one of Mack´s largest customers, will test the demonstration vehicle, a Volvo FL Electric.

In a news release, the company said that, at this stage of the technology, a fully electric vehicle will deliver the most value within a closed-loop application such as refuse collection, in which the truck returns home every night.

Benefits of fully electric trucks include zero emissions, significantly reduced noise and environmental sustainability.

The ability to operate quietly at night is particularly attractive to refuse customers in urban areas.

Mack trucks, diesel engines and transmissions sold in North America are assembled in the United States. Volvo Group operates a powertrain plant in Hagerstown, Md.

In a separate announcement, Volvo Group unveiled another another electric truck, the Volvo FE Electric. Sales will commence in Europe in 2019.

The first Volvo FE Electric, a refuse truck with a superstructure developed together with Europe’s leading refuse collection bodybuilder, Faun, will start operating in early 2019 in Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg.