In line with the other Volvo Group brands which have already declared a future electric design path Mack has announced that it will produce a fully electric refuse truck next year.

The Bulldog brand made the announcement during WasteExpo held in the Las Vegas last week saying the first electric Mack refuse truck would be deployed by one of Mack’s major US customers, the New York City Department of Sanitation when it is introduced.

Mack is a dominant player in the US refuse truck market with its forward cab over designed trucks, which are exclusive to the North American market. Refuse collection is ideally suited to electric trucks with set routes over relative short distances and the need to return to a central depot allowing for charging and replenishment.

Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Mack Trucks North America said that introducing the truck will allow the company to move forward with sustainable technology for the future of the industry.

“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 Randall.

“DSNY is one of Mack’s largest customers, and the department is known for its progressive sustainability efforts. We look forward to working with them as we test the first fully electric LR model in a real-world application.”

Mack reports that introducing a full electric vehicle within the context of a route wherein a truck returns home nightly will be an excellent test for the vehicle.

“The New York City DSNY looks forward to extending our long-standing partnership with Mack Trucks through the testing of the electric LR,” said New York City DSNY deputy commissioner, Rocky DiRico,.

“Sustainability is extremely important to the DSNY, and we consistently test new technology to help New York City reach its goal of 80 per cent reduced emissions by 2050.”

Mack Trucks reports that benefits of introducing the electric truck include zero emissions, environmental sustainability, and overall reduced noise during operation, allowing for quiet evening operation.