On-Road Trucks

Mack Trucks announced the availability of a factory-installed FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit system on its Mack Anthem highway models, further improving fuel efficiency by up to 2.23 percent. The system will be available for order beginning later this quarter.

The 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour schedule is now available, as announced by the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors and Colorado Tourism. Under the theme, Experience Your Nature, the U.S.

Mack Trucks announced its continued sponsorship of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Share the Road and Workforce Heroes programs in 2021. This will be the 20th year that Mack has sponsored Share the Road. Mack continued its sponsorship of both programs to help improve highway safety and to support military veterans by introducing and recruiting them to careers in the trucking industry.

Mack Defense is partnering with Jankel, a world-leader in the design and manufacture of high-specification defense protection systems, to provide the seating solution for the M917A3 heavy dump truck (HDT). "Mack Defense relies on partners with proven competency in the development, production and delivery of high-performance survivability solutions," said David Hartzell, president of Mack Defense.

Volvo Trucks North America was awarded $21.7 million in grants to deploy 70 VNR Electric trucks in Southern California for regional freight distribution and drayage. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Targeted Air Shed Grant Program is providing $20 million in funding, supplemented by $1.7 million from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) for charging infrastructure, to improve air quality in the region.

Blue Max Trucking is one of the first vocational fleets to add the PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission featuring vocational-specific calibrations. The company specified the PACCAR transmission in some of its new Kenworth T880s used in its dump division operations.

Mack Trucks has delivered a pre-production Mack LR Electric model to Republic Services to begin in-service trials in the demanding refuse segment. Mack will use key learnings from the trials to further refine the LR Electric as it prepares to accept orders for the truck in Q4 2020, with production beginning in 2021.

With the rapidly expanding interest in heavy-duty electric trucks, Hino Trucks and Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) have agreed to jointly develop a Class 8 fuel cell electric truck (FCET) for the North American market. The companies will leverage the newly developed Hino XL Series chassis with Toyota's fuel cell technology to deliver enhanced capability without harmful emissions.This collaboration expands upon the existing effort to develop a 25-ton FCET for the Japanese market, which was announced earlier this year.

Mack Trucks has achieved a major milestone at its Lehigh Valley Operations (LVO) in Macungie, Pa., with the completion of an $84 million renovation project dubbed "Reborn." The comprehensive project revitalized the facility's infrastructure, equipment, systems and processes to create a modernized Lean Manufacturing environment delivering even greater production quality, safety and efficiency.

Mack Trucks has turned over the keys to its highly anticipated LR Electric demonstration model to New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) officials, who will put it through rigorous, real-world trials. "Mack Trucks is proud to deliver to DSNY their first fully electric refuse vehicle, the Mack LR Electric, so it can begin its in-service trial in their demanding application," said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of North American sales and commercial operations.

Mack Trucks' all-new Mack MD Series of medium-duty vehicles is now in full production at Mack's new Roanoke Valley Operations (RVO) facility in the Roanoke Valley, Va. "Mack Trucks is very proud of the dedication of the RVO team, who worked tirelessly to begin full production amidst the challenges of COVID-19," said Martin Weissburg, president of Mack Trucks.