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Mack Truck has announced that its parent company, Volvo Group, has signed a Letter of Intent with Pilot Company to bring public charging infrastructure to medium-and heavy-duty North American customers.  

The Letter of Intent stipulates that the Volvo Group and its commercial brands will provide their expertise to help identify which locations should be prioritised for electromobility infrastructure, based on current and expected battery-electric truck adoption, customer charging requirements, as well as the availability of federal and state funding to offset capital expenses, while Pilot Company intends to install high-performance charging infrastructure at select Pilot and Flying J travel centers across the U.S, says the companies press release.  

“Partnerships like this one are important for Mack, our industry, and for society as a whole,” said Martin Weissburg, president of Mack Trucks and chairman of Volvo Group North America. “Mack and the Volvo Group are committed to being leaders in the transition to zero-emission transportation and accelerating the availability of publicly accessible charging is crucial to achieving the decarbonized, sustainable future we’re dedicated to helping bring about.” 

Currently, Mack Trucks offers the Class 8 Mack LR Electric refuse model. The next generation Mack LR Electric model offers a standard 376kWh total battery capacity providing ample energy and range to meet customer performance and operational needs. This was launched back in March 2022. 

“Pilot Company and Mack Trucks have been synonymous with the American freight and transportation industries for decades, making this partnership a natural fit,” said Shameek Konar, CEO of Pilot Company. “Together, we will work to identify public funding opportunities and to develop the infrastructure our customers need to move toward zero-emission fleets, helping to create a better world for future generations.” 

The company has said that the partnership with Pilot Company will enable BEV customers to access selected charging locations strategically located in high-traffic areas of North America, helping to ensure that BEVs have the sufficient power to reach your destination.