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Emterra Group Orders Mack® LR Electric to be in Service in the Greater Toronto Area

Emterra Group, one of the largest integrated resource management companies in Canada, recently ordered a Mack® LR Electric Class 8 refuse vehicle to help the company fulfill its environmental and sustainability goals.

Emterra Group, a Canadian integrated resource management company, recently ordered a Mack® LR Electric Class 8 refuse vehicle.

Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of sales and commercial operations, says Emterra has provided green solutions for years. It pleases him that Emterra chose the Mack LR Electric as its first EV in its fleet. Randall says it pleases Mack to deliver the LR Electric to customers to help meet their goals.

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The Mack LR Electric will be the first battery-electric vehicle in Emterra’s fleet to service the Peel Region in Ontario. In 2019, Peel’s Regional Council declared a climate emergency and approved the region’s Climate Change Master Plan. The plan has an interim target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45% below 2010 levels by 2030. The plan also includes enabling the community’s transition to a low carbon and resilient Community for Life.

The Mack LR Electric refuse model will help the Peel Region achieve its GHG reduction ambitions. It was the primary reason Emterra chose to operate the vehicle there. Emterra currently operates 150 refuse vehicles in Peel Region, most powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

“Reducing emissions and ensuring waste is collected in an environmentally responsible manner are important outcomes for the Region of Peel,” says Norman Lee, director of Waste Management for the Region of Peel. “We are very excited to be part of this progressive initiative. Having the first Mack LR Electric vehicle servicing our community brings us one step closer to achieving our goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions from residential waste management.”

“This is a pivotal moment for Emterra to reinforce our commitment to be a catalyst of change since our founding in 1976, with one woman and a truck collecting cardboard and newspaper from back alleys,” says Paulina Leung, Emterra’s chief sustainability officer. “Since then, we’ve expanded our mission of transforming waste into resources in the circular economy across Canada and into the state of Michigan. We chose to order the Mack LR Electric because of Mack’s leadership in producing reliable and durable refuse vehicles, and we are confident that they can match our execution timelines to receive the vehicle this year.”


Mack launched the next generation Mack LR Electric in March 2022. The LR Electric offers a standard 376 kWh total battery capacity for 42% more energy and increased range between charges. Twin electric motors produce 448 continuous hp 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 stops the vehicle makes each day with an increasing load.

The cab of the LR Electric model features a copper-colored Bulldog to signify the all-electric powertrain. The same driver- and passenger-side configurations, as well as seat and door option are available for the Mack LR Electric as those re offered in the diesel Mack LR model. The LR Electric can be fitted with bodies from various manufacturers to meet each customer’s needs. Emterra’s LR Electric will be equipped with an automated side-loader and will operate in residential areas.

Leung said the proof of concept for the vehicle interests Emterra because Canada’s climate is different than the US; therefore, mining the data collected will prove impactful.

“Nobody doubts the environmental impact, and we are excited to learn how the LR Electric will help us recruit and retain the next generation of drivers,” Leung says. “We’re also pleased that Mack offers the Ultra Service Agreement, giving us peace of mind.”


Additionally, Mack recently launched its all-inclusive Vehicle-as-a-Service (VaaS) program to help simplify the purchase process. It also helps customers better manage expenses associated with acquiring the Mack LR Electric model. VaaS includes the chassis, the refuse body, applicable taxes, and a vehicle protection plan—the Mack Ultra Service Agreement—for the Mack LR Electric.

The Mack Ultra Service Agreement is a comprehensive uptime package that is standard on all Mack LR Electric models. It includes scheduled maintenance, preventive maintenance, towing and repair, a battery monitoring service, as well as Mack’s connected uptime services. Customers can include the services with monthly truck payments through Mack Financial Services (MFS).

Mack provided e-Consulting services to Emterra with access to strategic supplier partnerships, investigating available funding opportunities and making key charging infrastructure recommendations to support their short- and long-term EV needs. Further, Mack was able to support Emterra’s data requirements and ability to monitor vehicle performance. Mack made this possible with the integration of dynamic charging analytics and fleet management software solutions.

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