First Mack Canadian dealer EV certified

By Mike Brezonick05 April 2022

Mack Laval’s Dorval facility in Montreal, Quebec, is now a Mack Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) Dealer, making it the first Mack dealer in Canada to achieve this designation. This achievement enables Mack Laval in Dorval to service and support the Mack LR Electric refuse truck, Mack’s first fully electric Class 8 vehicle.

“Mack commends Mack Laval for its efforts to become certified as an EV Dealer and for extending coverage of LR Electric customers to Canada,” said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of sales and commercial operations. “This achievement expands Mack’s leadership in electromobility and further exemplifies the commitment Mack and its dealers have to zero tailpipe emissions.”

Mack LR Electric Mack Laval’s facility in Montreal has become the first Canadian dealer location to be EV certified. (Photo: Mack)

Mack began production of the LR Electric in December 2021 at Mack’s Lehigh Valley Operations facility in Macungie, Pa., where all Class 8 Mack vehicles for North America and export are assembled.

Dealers must meet numerous safety, charging, infrastructure, tooling and training requirements to achieve EV certification, Mack said. Facility upgrades also are often necessary to accommodate the certification.

Mack Laval in Dorval features six bays dedicated to battery-electric vehicle maintenance and repairs at its Montreal facility, with two ports for chargers, allowing flexibility to service more than one electric vehicle at a time. The 40,000 sq. ft. facility has eight technicians, including one foreman and one trainer, that are EV certified, as well as 10 master technicians.

“We believe investing in electrification makes good business sense because the transportation industry is moving toward e-mobility,” said Jean-Francois Bibeau, vice president and general manager of Mack Laval. “We are proud to be the first Mack dealer in Canada to achieve EV Certified Dealer status, and we look forward to supporting Mack customers as demand for the Mack LR Electric continues to grow.”

Founded in 2014, Mack Laval is a Mack Certified Uptime Dealer. The Dorval facility is one of eight Mack Trucks storefronts for the dealership.

Mack Trucks recently announced that its next generation Mack LR Electric is now available for order.

The next generation LR Electric incorporates a standard 376 kWh total battery capacity for increased, range, twin electric motors that deliver 448 continuous hp and 4051 lb. ft. of peak torque, a two-speed Mack Powershift transmission, Mack mRide suspension and Mack’s proprietary S462R 46,000 lb. rear axles.

The LR Electric is equipped with four NMC (nickel manganese cobalt oxide) lithium-ion batteries that are charged by a 150kW SAEJ1772-compliant charging system. Along with vehicle propulsion, the four batteries also provide all power for all onboard accessories, driven through 12, 24 and 600 V circuits.

The Mack LR Electric may be fitted with equipment bodies from numerous manufacturers based on the customer requirements, Mack said.

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