Green electric refuse truck with side loader.

Mack Trucks now offers the ability to integrate the Heil fully electric RevAMP Automated Side Loader with its Mack LR Electric Class 8 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) as an option through Heil Environment.

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Mack Trucks now offers the ability to integrate the Heil fully electric RevAMP Automated Side Loader (ASL) with its Mack LR Electric Class 8 battery-electric vehicle as an option through Heil Environment, which upfits and sells the body.

Mack made the announcement during the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The fully electric compactor and auger includes an independent battery pack, enabling the Mack LR Electric refuse vehicle to run longer. The Heil RevAMP ASL is also best-in-class, Mack said, in terms of quietness and has zero hydraulics, preventing potential leaks or breaks and reducing maintenance.

“The pairing of the Mack LR Electric with the fully electric ASL helps fleets to achieve sustainability goals, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The self-contained unit will draw power from its own source, ensuring maximum range to meet the demands of the application,” said Jonathan Randall, president of Mack Trucks North America.

The electric ASL is now available for order and is currently in the fleets of some of Mack’s top customers, the company said.

Engineering the Upfit for an Electric Automated Side Loader

To accommodate the electric ASL, Mack engineers had to remove the Mack electric power take-off (ePTO) and change the center of gravity of the body upfitting due to the dense packing capabilities of the auger system.

The ASL lift arm has a fast 8-second cycle time and is shake-free, helping to reduce driver fatigue and improve productivity. Because there is no arm kickout, the Mack LR Electric with the ASL can collect refuse in alleyways and other tight urban areas.

The Heil RevAMP uses a 46-kWh battery with up to 400A available at 100 volts. It’s estimated that more than 1,200 containers can be picked up following an overnight charge. The auger is tapered from 30 to 24 inches, requiring less energy to run.

More Specs for the Mack LR Electric

The Mack LR Electric is a Class 8 refuse model with a GVWR of 66,000 pounds. It offers a standard 376 kWh total battery capacity for 42% more energy and increased range between vehicle charges. Twin electric motors produce 448 continuous horsepower and 4,051 lb.-ft. of peak torque output from zero RPM.

Four NMC (nickel manganese cobalt oxide) lithium-ion batteries, charged through a 150-kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system, power the vehicle and all onboard accessories through 12V, 24V, and 600V circuits. The two-stage regenerative braking system helps recapture energy from the hundreds of stops the vehicle makes daily with an increasing load.

“The Mack LR Electric is delivering reduced emissions and a quiet ride for its customers, which is an important consideration in residential areas,” said Scott Barraclough, Mack senior product manager for e-mobility. “The addition of the Heil RevAMP ASL makes route collection even quieter.”

The Mack LR Electric started production in December 2021 at Lehigh Valley Operations (LVO) in Macungie, Pennsylvania.

2024 MD Electric and Mack LR Electric Eligible for California HVIP

Mack Trucks’ 2024 model year Mack MD Electric and LR Electric models now qualify for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Clean Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). This brings the total number of Mack battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) that qualify for HVIP to three.

Significance of Qualifying for HVIP

HVIP can help accelerate the commercialization of zero-emissions vehicles by offering point-of-sale vouchers to increase the affordability of advanced technologies for customers.  Mack said that working to ensure that its trucks are included in HVIP is another example of the company’s dedication to helping customers with their electric vehicle purchases, while also helping to encourage the adoption of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs).

“Mack is excited to have two more vehicles added to HVIP so our customers can receive vouchers to help with the purchase of electric refuse and medium-duty vehicles,” said George Fotopoulos, Mack vice president of e-mobility. “Mack continues to look for new ways to help customers with the transition to electrification, and this is just one additional option that can help improve the ZEV adoption rate.”

Supporting Customers’ Zero-Emission Adoption

Mack also has a dedicated person focused on identifying grants and other funding to help encourage customers to adopt zero-emissions technology. This is part of Mack’s strategy to provide support for the entire ecosystem surrounding e-mobility.

“Mack is here to help customers navigate through the multiple funding opportunities to help lessen the burden on our customers,” said Rose Jansson, Mack customer experience project manager for e-mobility.

The MD Electric is approved for an $85,000 voucher and the Mack LR Electric refuse vehicle is approved for a $120,000 voucher through HVIP.

Both vehicles are easily identifiable by the copper-colored Mack Bulldog hood ornament, signifying they are electric.

The MD Electric first qualified for HVIP in 2023, and the LR Electric first became eligible in 2021.

Three medium-duty trucks with black cabs are parked in front of the sky at sunset. Two are box trucks and one is a chassis cab.

The 2024 model year Mack MD Electric and LR Electric models now qualify for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Clean Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

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Mack MD Electric Class 6 & Class 7

Produced at the Mack Roanoke Valley Operations (RVO) facility in Salem, Virginia, the Mack MD Electric can be configured as a Class 6 or Class 7 vehicle.

The Class 6 model has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 25,995 pounds, and the Class 7 model has a GVWR of 33,000 pounds. Both models are exempt from the 12% Federal Excise Tax (FET).

It features a three-phase Permanent magnet synchronous 260-hp motor powered by nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) oxide lithium-ion batteries, rated at 240kWh and good for an estimated range of up to 230 miles.

Map of the US and Canada showing the locations of Mack Certified EV dealers.

With the addition of 24 Certified Electric Vehicle dealerships, Mack now has 53 EV-certified dealerships spread across the US and Canada.

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Mack Trucks Expands Certified EV Dealer Network to 53 Locations

Also during ACT Expo, Mack Trucks announced that 24 dealerships across the United States and Canada have recently achieved Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) status. With these additions, nine more states and one province joined the network, bringing the total number of EV-certified dealerships to 53.

This certification enables dealerships to provide comprehensive service and support for Mack’s battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), including the Mack LR Electric refuse truck and the Mack MD Electric medium-duty vehicle.

 "A robust certified dealership network is crucial for our shift toward a sustainable future," said Randall. "We applaud Mack dealers for taking this next step to make the transition to electric easy and convenient for our customers.” 

EV certification requires dealerships to complete an extensive sales and technician training program. Often, facility upgrades are needed to meet certification standards and maximize uptime. Dealerships maintain regular meetings with the Mack team to ensure they meet the rigorous safety, charging infrastructure, dealership facility, and training requirements for EV certification.

Mack Trucks has 53 EV-certified dealer locations across 26 states — Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin — and four Canadian provinces — Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. Another 36 locations are in the process of achieving EV certification.

The following dealer locations have recently achieved EV Certification:

  • Bergey’s Truck Centers – New Castle Delaware
  • Transedge Truck Centers – Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Housby Mack – Des Moines, Iowa
  • Kriete Truck Center – Madison, Wisconsin
  • M & K Truck Centers – Des Plaines, Illinois; Summit, Illinois; and Frankfort, Indiana
  • McMahon Truck Centers – Columbus, Ohio
  • Gainesville Truck Center – Gainesville, Georgia
  • Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment Company – Mobile, Alabama
  • McMahon Truck Sales of Charlotte – Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Transource Equipment – Colfax, North Carolina
  • Bruckner’s Truck Sales – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • East Texas Mack Sales – Longview, Texas
  • Mountain West Truck Center – West Valley City, Utah
  • TEC Equipment – Lacey, Washington; and Des Moines, Washington
  • Transport Equipment – Missoula, Montana; and Spokane Valley, Washington
  • Western Truck Center – West Sacramento, California
  • Nortrux, Inc. – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Transwestern Truck Centres – Calgary, Alberta
  • Vision Truck Group – Cambridge, Ontario and London, Ontario

Mack MD Electric Qualifies for ElectriFi Subscription

Exclusive for Mack MD Electric models, Mack offers the ElectriFi Subscription, a usage-based leasing option allowing customers to pay as they go for miles driven with chassis and body, charging, applicable incentives, physical damage insurance, and maintenance cost for the term of the agreement bundled into a single monthly payment. Mack’s ElectriFi Subscription reduces the customer’s upfront investment while lowering their long-term risk with the option to walk away at the end of the term.

Mack LR Electric Qualifies for Ultra Service Agreement

Mack’s Ultra Service Agreement from Mack Financial Services comes standard with the Mack LR Electric refuse model and includes maintenance, towing and repair, a battery monitoring service, and Mack’s connected uptime services in one package that can be included with monthly truck payments.

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