Volvo Group's American subsidiary, Mack Trucks has announced plans to commercialise the Mack LR Electric, its refuse model equipped with a fully electric integrated Mack drivetrain.

Orders for the Mack LR Electric will open in Q4 2020, with deliveries starting in 2021.

Introduced as a prototype in 2018, the LR Electric features Mack's fully integrated electric powertrain with twin electric motors and four NMC lithium-ion batteries providing vehicle propulsion, as well as power for all onboard accessories. A three-mode regenerative braking system takes into account the truck's increasing load and helps recapture energy from the hundreds of stops refuse trucks make per day.

"The LR Electric is paving the way toward widespread acceptance of zero-emissions refuse trucks," said Mack Trucks president, Martin Weissburg. "As we begin delivering them to customers in the coming year, we remain committed to ensuring these trucks are built to meet the needs of the refuse industry."

As with other LR models, the LR Electric may be fitted with equipment bodies from a number of manufacturers, allowing the customer to tailor the truck to their specific application. Customers will be able to choose from the same driver/passenger side driving configurations, seating choices and door options offered on the diesel-powered LR.

In addition, minimal changes to the gauges and select switchgear were made, allowing Mack to carry over the ergonomic driver-designed LR cab. 

To maximise customer uptime, the LR Electric will be monitored by Mack GuardDog Connect, a proactive telematics solution, which monitors vehicle performance to help customers avoid unplanned downtime.

LR Electric-focused service training and an electrical safety curriculum will also be deployed to the Mack dealer network.

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