The City of Kingston Orders Mack® LR Electric Trucks


The City of Kingston, Ontario, recently ordered 2 Mack® LR Electric battery-electric vehicle (BEV) refuse models. They will help the city achieve its sustainability goals.

The City of Kingston developed a comprehensive strategic plan for 2023-2026. A main component of the plan is to lead environmental stewardship and climate change, with a focus area of reducing carbon emissions from city operations. To achieve these goals, city fleet operations is working on a comprehensive zero-emission fleet transition plan.

“We are currently targeting reducing our GHG emissions by 30% by 2030,” said Brent Fowler, director of Corporate Asset Management and Fleet for the City of Kingston. The LR Electric refuse vehicles are one of multiple strategies the city is leveraging to work toward the achievement of these goals.”

The refuse trucks will have an Automated Side Loader (ASL) used for cart-based collection. City leaders plan to transition its fleet to ASLs during the next 5 years to help improve operator safety and efficiency.

“We are excited for the opportunity to utilize the electric refuse trucks as some of our first ASL vehicles,” said Karen Santucci, director, Public Works and Solid waste for the City of Kingston. “Increased safety for staff combined with a more environmentally friendly truck, offer benefits to both our staff and our residents.”

While the LR Electric models will be the first BEVs in the refuse fleet, Kingston has 2 electric transit buses, 6 electric ice re-surfacers and 35 light-duty battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

For initial charging infrastructure, Kingston will deploy 2 portable 50 kW Heliox chargers purchased through Mack, and they also have a 150 kW DC fast-charger option through their Transit Bus Depot if required.

Surgenor Truck Centre of Kingston, Ontario, along with the city's in-house Fleet Maintenance staff will collaborate on service and support of the LR Electric models.

Source: Mack Trucks, Inc.

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