Volvo Group’s subsidiary Mack Trucks announced today that it has delivered its first pre-production fully electric refuse truck, the Mack LR Electric, to U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal company Republic Services. The truck will be used for in-service trials by Republic, on one of its residential recycling collection routes in North Carolina.

According to Mack Trucks, the trial will evaluate the LR Electric for its range, functionality and payload capacity. The company is preparing ton accept orders for the truck in Q4 2020, with production beginning in 2021.

The Republic Mack LR Electric features a fully electric integrated powertrain, and is equipped with two electric motors with a combined output of 536 peak horsepower. The truck features Heil’s Command-SST, an automated side loader refuse body optimized for next generation electric collection trucks, designed with a strong, lightweight body that maximizes hauling capacity, without sacrificing performance. Its efficient hydraulic system only draws power when needed, helping extend battery life.

Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks Senior Vice President of North American Sales and Commercial Operations, said:

“Mack Trucks is extremely pleased that Republic’s very first fully electric refuse vehicle is the Mack LR Electric. The LR Electric offers numerous benefits, including zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and quieter operation, and we look forward to partnering with Republic to meet their business needs through this fully electric truck.”