NEW YORK, N.Y. — Mack has delivered its first production intent Class 8 heavy-duty hybrid to the city of New York for use in refuse applications.
The company handed over the keys during a special ceremony and said the sale marks an “important milestone” in the company’s hybrid commercialization process. The truck is a Mack TerraPro low-entry model refuse truck and is also EPA2010-compliant thanks to the use of selective catalytic reduction (SCR).
New York’s Department of Sanitation will be using the truck and evaluating its performance.
“We are very proud to be the first city in the country with a Mack truck of this type,” said New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg. “We all want clean neighbourhoods, clean air, a clean environment. And clean trucks like this are essential in delivering on that promise.”
The TerraPro hybrid is equipped with a 325 hp Mack MP7 engine. It also has a diesel-electric powertrain featuring an integrated starter, alternator and electric motor, the company says. Like other hybrid systems, it captures energy while braking, converts it to electricity and stores it in lithium ion batteries and then uses that energy to power an electric motor as the truck is launched.
In applications with frequent braking, Mack expects the truck to improve fuel economy by up to 30%.
“By burning up to 30% less fuel and emitting significantly less CO2, Mack diesel-electric hybrid trucks can have a great impact on the quality of the air we breathe,” said Dennis Slagle, president and CEO of Mack Trucks. “We’re also proud to be the first manufacturer to provide the city with a heavy-duty hybrid truck fully compliant with the EPA 2010 emissions regulations.”
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