“Congratulations to Bruckner’s for meeting the requirements for EV certification,” said Jonathan Randall, president of Mack Trucks North America. “By becoming EV-certified, Bruckner’s has shown its commitment to the evolving needs of Mack customers and the industry. We look forward to working with them as we continue to help customers meet their sustainability goals.”
To become EV-certified, dealers must meet numerous safety, infrastructure, charging, tooling and training requirements. Mack executives meet routinely with dealer leadership during the certification process to ensure a smooth transition to electrification.
“Bruckner’s sought EV-certification because we believe the future of electric vehicles is bright,” said Bodee Avery, general manager of Bruckner’s in Commerce City. “As the technology evolves, we are dedicated to staying on the cutting-edge of it and leading the trucking industry in our efforts.”
Bruckner’s, a Mack Certified Uptime Dealer, offers 36 service bays, one of which is dedicated to electric vehicles. The location has 26 technicians, 12 master techs and two EV-certified techs. One technician is currently in the process of certification. This is the second Bruckner’s location to be EV-certified. Bruckner’s in Fort Worth, Texas, became the first EV-certified Mack dealer in Texas in 2022. Bruckner’s is working to achieve EV-certification status at four other locations.
Bruckner’s in Commerce City is more than 50,000 square-feet and has $2.5 million in parts inventory on hand. Avery said that while the process for certification was stringent, it was well worth it because of the number of customers that have Mack LR Electric refuse vehicles on order, as well as other customers inquiring about electric vehicles.
“There are a number of beneficial grants and programs available in Colorado that have provided a stimulus to growing EV activity,” Avery said.
The next generation Mack LR Electric offers 42 percent more energy and a standard 376kWh total battery capacity for increased range between charges. Twin electric motors with 448 continuous horsepower and a 4,051 lb.-ft. of peak torque output from zero RPM power the vehicle.
A copper-colored Bulldog on the cab makes the LR Electric easily identifiable as a Mack truck and denotes the electric drivetrain. Four NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide) lithium-ion batteries, charged through a 150 kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system, propel the vehicle and provide power for all onboard accessories through 12V, 24V and 600V circuits. The two-stage regenerative braking system helps recapture energy from the hundreds of stops the vehicle makes each day with an increasing load.
The Mack LR Electric may be fitted with equipment bodies from numerous manufacturers based on the unique needs of the customer. The same driver/passenger side driving configurations, as well as seating choices and door options, are offered in the LR Electric as on the diesel-powered Mack LR model.
To help simplify the purchase process and help customers better manage expenses associated with acquiring the Mack LR Electric model, Mack recently launched its all-inclusive Vehicle-as-a-Service (VaaS). VaaS includes the vehicle chassis, the refuse body, applicable taxes and a comprehensive vehicle protection plan, the Mack Ultra Service Agreement, for the Mack LR Electric model.
The Mack Ultra Service Agreement, a comprehensive uptime package that accompanies the purchase of Mack LR Electric models, includes scheduled maintenance, preventative maintenance, towing and repair, a battery monitoring service and Mack’s connected uptime services in one package. It can be included with monthly truck payments for customers in the U.S. and Canada through Mack Financial Services (MFS).
Mack also provides charging and infrastructure expertise with strategic supplier partnerships that support our customers with their short- and long-term EV needs.
Bruckner’s in Commerce City is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information about the Mack LR Electric, please visit your local Mack dealer or www.macktrucks.com.