Mack’s new electric truck hauls trash

There’s nothing quite like being woken up at the crack of dawn by a giant, slow moving truck that — while it may take your trash and recycling from your curb — leaves behind a big plume of exhaust smoke.

Mack which is owned by Volvo is making a quiet and clean garbage truck. Well calling a garbage truck clean may not be the best word this time, let’s say green.

The Mack electric garbage truck is powered by four NMC lithium-ion batteries of an unspecified capacity and a pair of 130-kW AC electric motors. The motors provide a peak 496 (and 349 continuous) horsepower. The truck uses a two-speed transmission to send that power to the rear axles. It has regenerative braking, and can charge at up to 150 kW using an SAE charging plug.

This isn’t just a concept, as this demo truck will go into service for the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) beginning next year.