<p><strong>Mack has plans to deploy an electric LR model in New York City by 2019.</strong> <em>Photo: Mack Trucks</em></p>

Mack Trucks has announced plans to deploy a Mack LR refuse model equipped with an integrated electric drivetrain as a demonstration vehicle in the New York City Department of Sanitation fleet by 2019.

DSNY, "New York's Strongest," is one of Mack’s largest customers. Its fleet will test the electric LR model on the streets of the Big Apple. Given the current stage of electromobility technology and infrastructure development, Mack said that "a fully electric vehicle will deliver the most value within a closed-loop application, in which the truck returns home every night, such as refuse."

Mack made the announcement at WasteExpo in Las Vegas.

Also, with zero emissions and a much quieter operation, electric power lends itself well to urban refuse collection in late night and early morning hours. New York City has a goal of 80% reduced emissions by 2050, and DSNY sees electric vehicle use as vital to hitting that sustainability target.

“DSNY looks forward to extending our long-standing partnership with Mack Trucks through the testing of the electric LR,” said Deputy Commisioner Rocky DiRico. "Sustainability is extremely important to DSNY, and we consistently test new technology to help New York City reach its goal of 80% reduced emissions by 2050.”

“It’s clear that electromobility will be a part of the trucking industry’s future, and Mack is well-positioned to offer integrated, fully electric solutions for the North American market,” said Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Mack Trucks North America.

“DSNY is known for its progressive sustainability efforts," he added. "We look forward to working with them as we test the first fully electric LR model in a real-world application.”

Mack made the announcement in Las Vegas on April 24 at the WasteExpo show.