Pacific Coast Heavy Truck Group, based in Langley, British Columbia, Canada is now a Mack Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) Dealer. This designation means that Pacific Coast went through requirements so that it would be able to service and support the Mack LR Electric refuse model.
To become EV-certified, Mack dealers must meet numerous safety, infrastructure, charging, tooling and training requirements. Each dealer rooftop that is EV-certified also must make infrastructure changes, but Mack executives work hand-in-hand with dealer leadership to ensure a smooth transition. Pacific Coast Heavy Truck Group and Mack met routinely to make sure the process was as simple as possible.
Pacific Coast Heavy Truck Group has 28 technicians, 12 of whom are master techs and two of whom are certified EV technicians. The Langley location has four service bays dedicated to battery-electric vehicles (BEVs).
Assembled at Lehigh Valley Operations (LVO), Macungie, Pennsylvania, where all Mack Class 8 vehicles for North America and export are assembled, the Mack LR Electric offers zero tailpipe emissions, improved sustainability and a quieter vehicle for refuse collection, the company says. Mack recently announced a target of 35 percent of its global sales will be fully electric by 2030, which the Mack LR Electric will help fulfill.
The next generation Mack LR Electric refuse vehicle offers 42% more energy and a standard 376kWh total battery capacity for increased range between charges, the company says. Twin electric motors with 448 continuous horsepower and a 4,051 lb.-ft. of peak torque output from zero RPM power the vehicle.
Four NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide) lithium-ion batteries, charged through a 150 kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system, power the vehicle and all onboard accessories through 12V, 24V and 600V circuits. The two-stage regenerative braking system helps recapture energy from the hundreds of stops the vehicle makes each day with an increasing load.
The Mack LR Electric may be fitted with equipment bodies from numerous manufacturers. The driver/passenger side driving configurations, as well as seating choices and door options, offered in the LR Electric are that same that are offered in the diesel-powered Mack LR model.