Mack announces updates to LR model, bringing electric version to NYC

Mack Trucks this week at the WasteExpo in Las Vegas announced several updates to its LR model, including a sliding glass window on the passenger side, an exterior stainless steel sun visor and a Sears Seating C2 PLUS seat cushion.

Mack also extended its 315 series tire coverage to include the Hendrickson HAULMAAX suspension.

Curtis Dorwart, refuse product manager for Mack Trucks, says the updates improve the working environment for the driver, help increase visibility and provide customers with additional choices in how their vehicles can be set up.

The new sliding glass window, which will be standard and available for order in Q2 2018, improves cab ventilation and access to the mirror during right-hand stand-up or sit down operation, Mack says. The exterior stainless steel sun visor reduces glare and better deflects heat, improving driver comfort and safety. The stainless steel sun visor is now available for order, the company says.

The C2 PLUS seat cushion, available with Sears air suspension seats, provides additional comfort on the job. Mack’s new multi-position seat developed exclusively for the Mack LR by Sears Seating offers multiple-positions for right-hand operation, allowing greater adjustability and comfort, whether seated or standing. Mack says the seat back and seat base both are adjustable, allowing drivers to more comfortably operate the truck and joystick controls. The C2 PLUS seat cushion and multi position seat will be standard and available for order in Q2 2018, the company says.

Additionally, Mack says it plans to have a fully electric LR refuse model equipped with an integrated Mack electric drivetrain operating in North America in 2019. The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), one of Mack’s largest customers, will test the demonstration vehicle in its highly demanding operations.

“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,” says Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Mack Trucks North America. “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.”

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

Mack Trucks to pre-wire refuse vehicles for Lytx video telematics

It was also announced at Waste Expo this week that starting this fall Mack will roll out vehicles pre-wired for the Lytx DriveCam safety program and Lytx Video Services enhancement. Last October, Lytx and Mack Trucks signed a Memorandum of Understanding that promised higher levels of integration and collaboration between the two companies to support their mutual customers.

“We continually look for innovative ways to enhance the safety of our roadways,” says David Pardue, vice president of connected vehicle and contract services for Mack Trucks. “The decision to partner with Lytx was a natural step because we want to provide our customers with a faster, easier way to implement their industry-leading video telematics solutions.”

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