October 28, 2020

NYC will begin testing its first fully electric garbage truck

  • New York City’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will begin test trialing Mack Truck’s electric garbage truck.
  • Mack Trucks, which is a part of the Volvo Group, will begin producing and delivering its LR Electric in 2021.
  • The eco-friendly refuse truck that’s now being tested in Brooklyn is powered by two 167-kilowatt motors that provide 536 and 448 peak and continuous horsepower, respectively, and 4,051 pound-feet of torque.
  • The trials will test routes and the LR Electric’s specs, including its range, cargo weight capabilities, and braking.
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New York City’s Department of Sanitation will start test trialing Mack Truck’s electric garbage truck, the LR Electric.

Mack Trucks, which is a part of the Volvo Group, is going to begin manufacturing its environmentally friendly refuse vehicles in Pennsylvania next year. But as of now, the DSNY has already received a model for its trial run in Brooklyn, according to its maker.

The start of LR Electric’s service in New York comes just two years after a prototype of the vehicle was first unveiled in 2018.

According to Mack Trucks, the DSNY operates over 6,000 vehicles, most of which are made by the truck maker. However, the LR Electric will be the department’s first fully electric garbage truck, according to a statement by Mack senior vice president of North American sales and commercial operations Jonathan Randall.

Like any other electric vehicle, the zero emissions garbage truck is quiet, which means it can be used at night in densely populated areas like New York City without causing a disturbance. 

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