Bulldog ‘Walks the Walk’ on Alternative Drivelines
Mack Trucks Expanding Offer to Include On-Highway and Construction Applications
GREENSBORO, NC (June 11, 2012) – Mack Trucks today announced it’s expanding its natural gas-powered offerings and has taken a key step forward in its hybrid vehicle development process.
Mack plans to offer natural gas-powered versions of the MACK® Pinnacle™ and MACK® Granite® models in 2013. Both models will utilize the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine. Customer testing is scheduled to begin this year.
The addition of the 12-liter natural gas-powered models expands Mack’s current natural gas solutions to on-highway and construction applications. Mack already offers natural gas-powered MACK® TerraPro™ Low Entry and MACK® TerraPro® Cabover refuse models.
Like their Mack TerraPro natural gas counterparts, the Mack natural gas-powered Pinnacle and Granite models will feature maintenance-free aftertreatment and require only a three-way catalyst to meet EPA 2010 and CARB emissions standards, setting a new benchmark for lower alternative fuel vehicle lifecycle costs and improving customers’ return on investment. Mack’s natural gas-powered trucks are available with compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) fuel systems.
“Mack has a long history in alternative driveline technologies, and in particular, natural gas,” said Kevin Flaherty, president, Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “We’ve offered natural gas since it became clear that it was a viable energy solution in the refuse segment. Now customers within the regional haul, LTL and construction segments will have the benefits of natural gas combined with the power and performance they expect from Mack.”
Mack also is investigating other alternative driveline technologies, including high pressure direct injection, which uses a combination of natural gas and a small amount of diesel in the combustion process, and DME (dimethyl ether), which can be produced from natural gas.
In addition, the company continues to move forward on development of diesel-electric hybrid TerraPro models, recently delivering additional Low Entry test units to the New York City Department of Sanitation for evaluation.
“For more than 35 years, we’ve counted on Mack for trucks that can withstand the tremendous rigors of our operations,” said Rocco DiRico, deputy commissioner, Department of Sanitation, Support Services, New York City. “We look forward to putting these new vehicles with the latest version of Mack’s diesel-electric hybrid technology to the test. We fully expect that they’ll deliver on the Mack promise of durability, reliability and superior performance as we continue to deliver on our own promise of a clean city with clean air.”
The Mack diesel-electric hybrid technology provides up to a 30 percent fuel economy improvement in stop-and-go applications such as refuse, with a corresponding greenhouse gas emissions benefit.
“We listen to what our customers want and develop the technologies best suited for their needs,” Flaherty said. “Mack’s alternative driveline technologies represent an ongoing evolution built upon our proven experience.”
Dedicated to quality, reliability, and total customer satisfaction, Mack Trucks, Inc. has provided its customers with innovative transportation solutions for more than a century. Today, Mack is one of North America’s largest producers of heavy-duty trucks and MACK® trucks are sold and serviced through an extensive distribution network in more than 45 countries. Mack trucks and diesel engines sold in North America are assembled in the United States. Mack manufacturing locations are certified to the internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard for quality and ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems. Mack is also a proud sponsor of Share the Road, an American Trucking Associations' public information campaign aimed at enhancing the safety of our nation’s roadways.
Mack Trucks, Inc. is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services, and is one of the world's leading producers of heavy-diesel engines (9-16 liter). The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs nearly 118,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets. Volvo Group sales for 2011 amounted to $47.8 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in
Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange and are traded OTC in the U.S.
For more information about Mack, visit our Web site at www.macktrucks.com