Emterra Group begins collections with electric truck

This Fall Emterra Group is beginning collections in Ontario’s Peel Region using its first fully electric truck.

The Mack Low Ride (LR) Electric vehicle will collect recyclable, waste, and organic items from Peel homes.

Paulina Leung, chief sustainability officer of Emterra Group, spoke of the joint initiative at a launch event in Mississauga. “This pilot project is a direct result of Emterra Group’s and Peel Region’s shared commitment to solutions that benefit the environment, workers, and the community. Together, with Mack Trucks, we are transitioning to a future where we use cleaner forms energy to collect solid waste in Ontario and beyond. Using clean energy to power a circular economy is the next logical step in our shared climate action goals.”

Emterra Group and Peel Region say this new vehicle aims to test and promote low carbon energy as a viable solution for waste collection infrastructure. By embracing this technology, Emterra Group and Peel Region are demonstrating their commitment to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

(Left to right): Kealy Dedman, Commissioner – Public Works, Peel Region; Nando Iannicca, Regional Chair, Peel Region; Emmie Leung, CEO & Founder, Emterra Group; Parliamentary Assistant John Yakabuski;  David Vidakovic, District Manager, Central, Mack Trucks Canada; Deepak Anand, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Mississauga-Malton; Norman Lee, Director – Waste Management, Peel Region and Gary Kent, CAO, Peel Region
(Left to right): Kealy Dedman, Commissioner – Public Works, Peel Region; Nando Iannicca, Regional Chair, Peel Region; Emmie Leung, CEO & Founder, Emterra Group; Parliamentary Assistant John Yakabuski; David Vidakovic, District Manager, Central, Mack Trucks Canada; Deepak Anand, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Mississauga-Malton; Norman Lee, Director – Waste Management, Peel Region; and Gary Kent, CAO, Peel Region.

Emterra Group currently operates 150 waste collection vehicles across Peel Region, most of which are powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by as much as 20% compared to diesel.

Adding to this fleet, the Mack Low Ride (LR) Electric vehicle is equipped with an automated side-loader and will operate in residential areas. The LR Electric vehicle offers a standard 376 kWh total battery capacity for 42 percent more energy and an increased range between vehicle charges. The twin electric motors produce 448 continuous horsepower.

Its fast-charging capabilities ensure minimal downtime, allowing it to cover collection routes efficiently. The vehicle has a much quieter operation during collection hours and will also decrease air and noise pollution, providing a cleaner and more peaceful living environment for the community.

“The Mack LR Electric is a game-changer,” says Jonathan Randall, president of Mack Trucks North America. “What makes it ideally suited for residential waste collection is a two-stage regenerative braking system that helps recapture energy from the hundreds of stops the vehicle makes each day, even with an increasing load. Mack is proud to be partnering with Emterra and the Region of Peel to help them achieve their sustainability goals.

At the heart of this vehicle are four cutting-edge NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide) lithium-ion batteries. It is a powerful truck with an extended range through twin electric motors that instantly unleash 4,051 pounds-feet of peak torque.

The pilot also has a mission beyond residential collection. During this next stage of fleet electrification, Emterra Group and Peel Region have teamed up with the Smart Freight Centre to evaluate what equipment, charging infrastructure and approaches are best suited to the operational needs of a fully electric vehicle. The project will provide key data on the material aspects of future electric vehicle deployment for municipal and private fleets, including equipment performance, climate insights, driver feedback and community response.

“Canada’s climate is unique, with sweltering summers and frigid winters,” says CSO, Paulina Leung. “The Smart Freight Centre will work with us to monitor and evaluate comprehensive data from this pilot and assess its impact. This project aims to inform municipal and private fleet operators on future fleet electrification, air quality improvement, and noise reduction.

“Following years of dedicated research and development, this pilot project is a direct result of Emterra Group’s and Peel Region’s commitment to low carbon solutions that benefit both the environment and the community. Together, we aim to make a beneficial impact on our environment and our planet and help expedite the transition to the next generation of collection services and infrastructure. Each electric vehicle on the road represents less reliance on fossil fuels and cleaner air for people.”