Coastal Waste & Recycling Adds Electric to Its Growing Fleet

Coastal Waste & Recycling took delivery in February of its first battery-electric refuse vehicle, the Mack® LR Electric model.

Coastal is not new to the Mack brand. The privately owned solid waste and recycling company, which is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, has 25 locations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and operates more than 700 vehicles, with more than half of them being Mack models.

Brendon Pantano, CEO of Coastal said he ordered the Mack LR Electric refuse vehicle because of the company’s long-standing relationship with Mack and Mack’s reputation in the refuse industry.

“We are excited to add [this] equipment to our fleet,” Pantano said. “As the first private hauler in Florida to invest in electric, such as the Mack LR Electric refuse vehicle, we look forward to harnessing the strength of this strategic move to further elevate innovation in our operations.”

The Mack LR Electric will be equipped with an automated side loader and will operate in residential and some specialized commercial applications. Mack and Coastal worked together to develop favorable routing for the LR Electric to ensure that the refuse truck will complete a full day’s work based on the application needs.

Features that help the LR Electric accomplish that work include a standard 376 kWh total battery capacity from four NMC (nickel manganese cobalt oxide) lithium-ion batteries. The truck is charged through a 150 kW charging station, but it also uses two-stage regenerative braking to recapture energy from the hundreds of stops the vehicle makes each day with an increasing load.

“Mack is proud to be partnering with Coastal Waste & Recycling in their journey toward electrification,” said Jonathan Randall, president of Mack Trucks North America. “Coastal’s commitment to sustainability is evident through their efforts to bring battery-electric vehicles to serve their customers in southern Florida, and we appreciate their enthusiasm for reducing GHG emissions and environmental care.”

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