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Mack LR Electric to Begin Production in 2021

Mack Trucks announced plans to commercialize the Mack® LR Electric refuse model powered by a fully electric integrated Mack drivetrain. Orders for the Mack LR Electric will open in Q4 2020, with deliveries beginning in 2021.

Mack Trucks announced plans to commercialize the Mack® LR Electric, its refuse model equipped with a fully electric Mack drivetrain. Orders for the Mack LR Electric will open in Q4 2020 with deliveries beginning in 2021.

“Mack’s leadership in the refuse segment goes back more than a century,” says Martin Weissburg, president, Mack Trucks. “We’re pleased to build on that heritage today by announcing the commercialization of the LR Electric model. This clean, quiet, and powerful truck demonstrates the very best of Mack innovation and our people. And I couldn’t be more proud to announce our plans to build it.”

The production Mack LR Electric model will fulfill the needs of refuse customers seeking a true zero-emissions truck that aligns with their own environmental goals and local emissions regulations. The LR Electric will also meet the needs of customers working in an urban setting seeking to cut noise pollution.


Introduced as a prototype in 2018, the LR Electric features Mack’s fully integrated electric powertrain with twin electric motors. It also features four NMC lithium-ion batteries providing vehicle propulsion, as well as power for all onboard accessories. A regenerative braking system takes into account the truck’s increasing load and recaptures energy from stops made on the job.

Additionally, in a nod to its pedigree and driveline, LR Electric models will feature a copper Bulldog on each truck.

“The LR Electric is paving the way toward widespread acceptance of zero-emissions refuse trucks,” Weissburg says. “As we begin delivering them to customers in the coming year, we remain committed to ensuring these trucks are built to meet the unique needs of the refuse industry.”

Customers can upfit the LR Electric with equipment bodies from different manufacturers, allowing them to tailor trucks to their application. Customers can also choose from the same driver/passenger side driving configurations, seating choices, and door options offered on the diesel-powered LR. Additionally, Mack made minimal changes to gauges and select switchgear, allowing Mack to carry over the ergonomic driver-designed LR cab.

Furthermore, to maximize customer uptime, Mack GuardDog® Connect will monitor the LR Electric. Mack GuardDog Connect is a telematics solution that monitors vehicle performance to help customers avoid unplanned downtime. Mack will also deploy LR Electric-focused service training and electrical safety curriculum to the Mack dealer network. This ensures that customers receive the level of support they’ve come to expect from Mack.

The Mack LR Electric will be manufactured at Mack’s Lehigh Valley Operations (LVO) in Macungie, Pennsylvania, where all heavy-duty Mack trucks built for North America are assembled.

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