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Mack Trucks to evaluate Wrightspeed Route powertrain in LR model


LAS VEGAS, Nev.–At WasteExpo 2016 in Las Vegas this week, Mack Trucks showed off its Mack LR model, retrofitted with the Wrightspeed Route 1000 powertrain.

Mack says it is the first OEM to evaluate Wrightspeed technology within a Class 8 refuse vehicle.

Mack Trucks showcased a Mack LR model retrofitted with the Wrightspeed Route™ 1000 powertrain in booth no. 1327 at WasteExpo 2016.

Mack Trucks showcased a Mack LR model retrofitted with the Wrightspeed Route™ 1000 powertrain in booth no. 1327 at WasteExpo 2016.

The Wrightspeed Route is designed as an alternative driveline and is a range-extended electric vehicle powertrain that helps reduce fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs, Mack said.

“Mack is the refuse industry leader because we’re constantly seeking to pioneer new ideas and innovations,” said Dennis Slagle, president of Mack Trucks. “It’s something we’ve done throughout our 116-year history, and it’s something we will continue to do. Wrightspeed shares this pioneering spirit, which is why we’re eager to evaluate their Route powertrain technology.”

The  powertrain uses electricity to deliver 100% of the vehicle’s propulsion. It also features a plug-in-capable battery pack that enables a purely electric range of up to 24 miles. Electricity from the battery pack powers four Geared Traction Drive electric motors, enabling the Route powertrain to power vehicles up to 66,000 pounds on grades as steep as 40%. With full torque available from zero rpm, the Route provides a driving experience comparable to diesel-powered trucks.

“At Wrightspeed, we’re focused on designing the best-performing powertrains for forward-looking OEMs and fleet operators,” said Ian Wright, CEO and founder of Wrightspeed. “Mack represents one of the most innovative manufacturers in the refuse industry, and we’re proud to showcase our technology alongside their Mack LR model. We thank them for recognizing our powertrain as a potential addition in their pursuit of innovation”

You can see the truck and powertrain on display in Mack booth no. 1327 throughout WasteExpo 2016, which runs June 7-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


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