After motorcycles, cars or vans, it seems that trucks are the next vehicles to experience electrification. And now the legendary American company Mack shows us the presentation of this Mack MD Electric, a heavy truck that they will launch in the market at the end of this year.
Actually, this Mack MD Electric is considered on the other side of the ocean as a “mid-duty rock”, which is usually detected on the exterior of the one that is already offered with a diesel engine under the large front hood. From this it also inherits the prominent front grille, the emblem of American society. His mascot is placed in it, a bulldog made of brass, in addition to full LED lights and a large forehead made of steel.
Five different sizes of this Mack MD Electric
When this Mack MD Electric is released on the market in the United States, it will be available with classifications 6 and 7, in addition to five different shapes according to its wheels. This will allow you to offer variants that will have a clearance between 5,232 and 6,858 mm. Other features to highlight this electric truck is its maximum payload capacity of up to 8,800 kilos, as well as the cabin and driver’s seat which will both be equipped with air suspension to optimize driving comfort.
But to what is really important in this new Mack MD Electric. And as you know, this is nothing but its electrical mechanics, where the customer can choose between two sizes of batteries that are not lithium ion, which are consistent with the size of this pain. And it is that the most “checked” battery for this Mack MD Electric has a capacity of 150 kWh, which are two batteries together from Tesla’s Model Y Dual Motor.
Up to 370 kilometers of autonomy for this electric truck
But in the event that it was not enough for the customer’s needs, the American company will provide an alternative to this Mack MD Electric with a 240 kWh battery concept. These higher capacity batteries are said to allow this electric truck to go up to 230 miles on a charge. And this happens about 370 kilometers. This will get you considerably more than 140 miles (225 kilometers) with a battery of 150 kWh.
Both batteries are responsible for powering the electric motor that is placed on the rear axle of this Mack MD Electric. Said lock delivers 138 kW of power (188 CV) and 1,300 Nm of torque continuously, because said engine sometimes reaches 194 kW of power (264 CV) and 2,505 Nm of torque.
It supports fast file transfer, but not the fastest
When they run on lithium-ion batteries, they will be able to quickly charge a power of up to 80 kW, which is not much compared to what some modern electric vehicles can achieve, which do not even have the capacity of these batteries. . And it is that in that power reaching 80% of its capacity requires 100 and 160 minutes according to the engine hidden in these Mack MD Electric. Although it takes much less time than if it is done in an alternator, where the power can reach up to 19.2 kW. In this case, it takes between 6 and 11 hours depending on the battery capacity.
This new Mack MD Electric will be assembled in the factory that the American company has in Virginia. However, the production of this electric car will not start until the end of this year. For the benefit of the headline, they say the company said that this “0 emissions” version is exempt from paying the federal tax of 12% on heavy trucks. But yes, you can be sure that its price is much higher than having a diesel engine.