The push to greener electric trucks gathers pace across the globe with one of the longest established truck brands, Mack taking the wraps off what it claims is the US industry’s first fully-electric refuse truck to be put into service.

The Mack LR Electric will soon be deployed in the Big Apple by the New York City Department of Sanitation in a bid to reduce emissions in the densely populated metropolis.

Mack demonstrated the truck to truck media and NYC sanitation department representatives at its Customer Center in Allentown,  Pennsylvania on the 9thJanuary.

Mack’s senior vice-president of North American sales and marketing, Jonathan Randall, said DSNY is the ideal fleet to put the truck through its paces.

“It is the world’s largest sanitation department and there’s no tougher testing ground for something like this,” he said.

DSNY is on a mission to become carbon-neutral by 2050, and to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2035.

“We can’t do it without this electric truck,” said Rocky DiRico, deputy commissioner of the NYC Sanitation Department.

The fleet runs 2,346 collection trucks, 99 per cent of which are Macks and collects about 12,000 tons of residential and industrial waste every day.

The first of Mack LR Electric  has just arrive in New York   and is expected to be put into service around Earth Day in April.