Mack Trucks, which is a member of the Volvo Group, has revealed its second electric vehicle (EV) option, following the debut of the LR model in 2016 and its subsequent availability in 2021. The electric model of its MD diesel vehicle has been unveiled as its latest medium-duty truck.
At the National Truck Equipment Association’s 2023 Work Truck Show held in Indianapolis last week, Mack introduced the Mack MD Electric, a medium-duty electric truck that boasts a three-phase electric motor capable of delivering 260 horses (194 kW) of peak power for up to 1,850 lb.ft (2,508 Nm) of torque.
Buyers can choose between two battery packs: 150-kWh or 240-kWh Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt-Oxide lithium-ion batteries capable of achieving a range of up to 140 miles (225 km) per charge for the two-battery configuration, while three batteries onboard extend the range to 230 miles (370 km). Additionally, the truck has 19.2-kW AC charging support and 80-kW DC fast-charging support, and regenerative braking is employed to recover energy during multiple stops in the truck’s expected workday.
Five different wheelbase options are available to address the requirements of various dry/refrigeration, stake/flatbed, or dump needs. Mack has stated that drivers of the MD6 model will not require a Commercial Driver’s License for the transport of non-hazardous payloads.
The MD Electric is available in Class 6 or Class 7 configurations, both of which are exempt from the 12% Federal Excise Tax, and is capable of hauling a maximum payload of 19,400 lb (8,800 kg). The truck features a sturdy steel front bumper „that stands up to the toughest jobs,“ as well as energy-efficient LED headlights that brighten up the path ahead.
The driver’s experience is enhanced by the dual-air cab suspension, which helps to smooth out bumps, while the air-suspension ergonomic seat with high-density foam cushions offers outstanding comfort. Insulation installed around the cab also helps to keep external noise to a minimum.
„The Mack MD Electric joins the full lineup of Class 6 to 8 vehicles Mack offers to help customers meet their application needs,“ said Jonathan Randall, President of Mack Trucks North America. „Building on the success of the diesel-powered Mack MD Series, the Mack MD Electric will help our customers meet their sustainability goals without sacrificing the durability, reliability, and total cost of ownership for which Mack is known.“
Pricing and availability details are yet to be released. The video below provides additional information.
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Source: Mack Trucks