Mack to Clean NYC Streets With EV Garbage Trucks

July 29, 2019

Mack Trucks is set to literally clean up the streets of New York City with its Mack® LR battery electric vehicle (BEV).

Debuted at WasteExpo 2019, the fully electric garbage truck will begin real-world operation in 2020 by working with the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president, North American sales and marketing said that the product was the next level of innovation for the brand.

“The Mack LR BEV is the latest example of Mack’s leadership within the refuse and recycling industry,” he said. “Built on our decades of experience in powertrain innovation, the electric LR delivers a powerful yet quiet, zero-emission solution designed to tackle one of the most demanding applications in one of the largest cities in the world.”

The DSNY is one of the largest sanitation departments in the world as well as one of the largest customers for Mack. It collects more than 12,000 tons of refuse and recyclables each day. The DSNY has worked to reduce waste to landfill and its partnership with this Mack EV will aid in cutting emissions.

“New York City, and DSNY in particular, is a world leader when it comes to testing the latest technologies to help us reduce our environmental footprint,” said New York City DSNY Deputy Commissioner Rocky DiRico. “We’re proud to be the first Mack customer to test this exciting new technology, and we look forward to continuing to work with Mack throughout this project.”

According to a press release, the Mack LR BEV is powered by a patented ,integrated electric powertrain that has two 130-kW motors which can produce a combined 496 peak horsepower and 4,051 lb.-ft. of torque. The power is sent through a two-speed Mack Powershift transmission and “put to the ground by Mack’s proprietary S522R 52,000-lb. rear axles.”

The Mack LR BEV will replace its traditional silver bulldog hood ornament with a copper-colored version, signifying that it’s an electric vehicle.

The release continued that all of the LR BEV’s accessories, including the hydraulic systems for the Heil DuraPack 5000 body, are electrically driven through 12V, 24V and 600V circuits. Four NMC lithium-ion batteries (Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide) are charged via a 150kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system.

Infrastructure and charging challenges have been mitigated for the DSNY due to the fact that the refuse and recycling collections are on predetermined routes and distances, as well as that the vehicles are returned to a central location at the end of each day. Additionally the frequent braking opportunities will provide thousands of regeneration opportunities to limit any loss of charge.

Mack LR BEV Specifications

Electric Motors:

Two Alternating Current motors, 130 kW each
370kW (496 hp) total peak power, 260 kW (349 hp) continuous power
4,051 lb.-ft. of torque
Traction voltage: 600 volts


Four NMC Lithium-Ion Batteries (Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide)

Charging System:

SAE J1772 compliant
Up to 150kW charging power at 200 amps maximum current
600-750 volts, depending on state of battery charge
Regenerative braking system

Accessory Power:

12 volt, 24 volt and 600 volt circuits


Two-speed Mack Powershift


Mack FXL20 20,000-lb. front axle
Mack S522R 52,000-lb. rear axles


Heil 25-yard DuraPack 5000 rear loader

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