Lucas Roberto | Fleet Maintenance
Jonathan Randall, president, and Tyler Ohlmansiek, director of e-mobility sales for Mack, at ACT Expo in Las Vegas.

Mack Trucks' new CARB qualifications, certified dealerships

May 29, 2024

LAS VEGAS – Mack Trucks made numerous announcements during the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center this week, chief among them that the MY2024 MD Electric and LR Electric now qualify for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Clean Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

HVIP can help accelerate the commercialization of ZEVs by offering point-of-sale vouchers to increase the affordability of advanced technologies for customers.

“Mack is excited to have two more vehicles added to HVIP so our customers can receive vouchers to help with the purchase of electric refuse and medium-duty vehicles,” said George Fotopoulos, Mack vice president of e-mobility. “Mack continues to look for new ways to help customers with the transition to electrification, and this is just one additional option that can help improve the ZEV adoption rate.”

Mack also has a dedicated person focused on identifying grants and other funding to help encourage customers to adopt zero-emissions technology, which is part of a strategy to provide support for the entire ecosystem surrounding e-mobility.

“Mack is here to help customers navigate through the multiple funding opportunities to help lessen the burden on our customers,” said Rose Jansson, Mack customer experience project manager for e-mobility.

The MD Electric is approved for an $85,000 voucher and the Mack LR Electric refuse vehicle is approved for a $120,000 voucher. The MD Electric first qualified for HVIP in 2023, and the LR Electric first became eligible in 2021.

Additional certified EV dealer locations

Mack also announced at ACT Expo in Las Vegas that 24 dealerships across the United States and Canada have recently achieved Certified EV status. With these additions, nine more states and one province joined the network, bringing the total number of EV certified dealerships to 53.

"A robust certified dealership network is crucial for our shift toward a sustainable future," said Jonathan Randall, president of Mack Trucks North America. "We applaud Mack dealers for taking this next step to make the transition to electric easy and convenient for our customers.”

EV certification requires dealerships to complete an extensive sales and technician training program. Often, facility upgrades are needed to meet certification standards and maximize uptime. Dealerships maintain regular meetings with the Mack team to ensure they meet the rigorous safety, charging infrastructure, dealership facility, and training requirements for EV certification. 

"You do not sell an electric truck from Mack unless you are certified, and we've got 36 in progress," Randall mentioned at Mack's ACT Expo presentation. "This is incredibly important to ensure that what we put into service works, maintains, and stays working."

The recently certified dealer locations are listed here:

Bergey’s Truck Centers – New Castle Delaware
Transedge Truck Centers – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Housby Mack, Inc. – Des Moines, Iowa
Kriete Truck Center – Madison, Wisconsin
M & K Truck Centers – Des Plaines, Illinois, Summit, Illinois and Frankfort, Indiana
McMahon Truck Centers – Columbus, Ohio
Gainesville Truck Center, Inc. – Gainesville, Georgia
Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment Company, Inc. – Mobile, Alabama
McMahon Truck Sales of Charlotte – Charlotte, North Carolina
Transource Equipment, Inc. – Colfax, North Carolina
Bruckner’s Truck Sales, Inc. – Tulsa, Oklahoma
East Texas Mack Sales, Inc. – Longview, Texas
Mountain West Truck Center – West Valley City, Utah
TEC Equipment – Lacey, Washington and Des Moines, Washington
Transport Equipment, Inc. – Missoula, Montana and Spokane Valley, Washington
Western Truck Center – West Sacramento, California
Nortrux, Inc. – Edmonton, Alberta 
Transwestern Truck Centres – Calgary, Alberta
Vision Truck Group – Cambridge, Ontario and London, Ontario

ASL integration

Mack Trucks will also now offer the ability to integrate the Heil fully electric RevAMP Automated Side Loader (ASL) with Mack LR Electric Class 8 BEV as an option through Heil Environment, which upfits and sells the body. 

Read more: Mack Trucks adds more EV infrastructure partners to turnkey program

The fully electric compactor and auger includes an independent battery pack, enabling the Mack LR Electric refuse vehicle to run longer. The Heil RevAMP ASL is also best-in-class in terms of quietness and has zero hydraulics, preventing potential leaks or breaks and reducing maintenance.

“Mack is excited that the Heil RevAMP can now be installed on our Mack LR Electric refuse truck,” said Jonathan Randall, president of Mack Trucks North America. “The pairing of the Mack LR Electric with the fully electric ASL helps fleets to achieve sustainability goals, while also reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The self-contained unit will draw power from its own source, ensuring maximum range to meet the demands of the application.”

The electric ASL is now available for order and is currently in the fleets of some 
of Mack’s top customers.

To accommodate the electric ASL, Mack engineers had to remove the Mack electric Power Take-Off (ePTO) and change the center of gravity of the body upfitting due to the dense packing capabilities of the auger system.

The ASL lift arm has a fast eight-second cycle time and is shake-free, helping to reduce driver fatigue and improve productivity. Because there is no arm kickout, the Mack LR Electric with the ASL can collect refuse in alleyways and other tight urban areas.

The Heil RevAMP uses a 46 kWh battery with up to a 400A available at 100 volts. It’s estimated that more than 1,200 containers can be picked up following an overnight charge. The auger is tapered from 30 to 24 inches, requiring less energy to run.

About the Author

Lucas Roberto

Lucas Roberto is an Associate Editor for Fleet Maintenance magazine. He has written and produced multimedia content over the past few years and is a newcomer to the commercial vehicle industry. He holds a bachelor's in media production and a master's in communication from High Point University in North Carolina.

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