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Mack to have first fully electric refuse truck operating in NYC

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The new truck will look much like the standard Mack LR refuse truck that is already in use. (Contributed photo)
The new truck will look much like the standard Mack LR refuse truck that is already in use. (Contributed photo)

Mack Trucks’ Lehigh Valley manufacturing facility will be building the company’s first fully electric Mack LR refuse model truck in North America by next year.

The truck model, which has an integrated Mack electric drivetrain, has been ordered by the New York City Department of Sanitation, which Mack said is one of its largest customers.

Mack Lehigh Valley will be manufacturing the chassis for the vehicle.

“It’s clear that electromobility will be a part of the trucking industry’s future, and Mack is well-positioned to offer integrated, fully electric solutions for the North American market,” said Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Mack Trucks North America in a release.

He said the truck’s operation in New York City is a good test for the vehicle, with the idea that a fully electric vehicle will deliver the most value within a closed loop application, in which the truck returns home every night, such as refuse.

Mack announced its plans for the vehicle Tuesday during WasteExpo at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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