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Mack Trucks, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, announced that its Mack Academy has opened a facility in Tinley Park, Illinois to support battery electric vehicle (BEV) training and provide dealers and customers easier access to training in the central United States.

Mack Academy signed a seven-year lease (with an option to renew) for a 14,865 square foot facility in Tinley Park, located in a manufacturing park outside of Chicago. The company says the new site is “newer, bigger and more modern” than its old site in Joliet, Illinois.

“Tinley Park Mack Academy is centrally located so dealers and customers needing training can easily travel to the facility,” said Scott Behe, Mack Academy Senior Director of Operations. “It’s near O’Hare and Midway airports, and the facility is approximately 5,500 square feet larger than our previous location, so it meets our need for more space for BEV-specific training. .”

Mack says BEV courses at Tinley Park focus on safety training, operation, repair and sale of BEVs, with other courses including diesel training such as engine overhaul, design and maintenance. transmission operation, parts sales and warranty fundamentals. The facility has two full-time trainers and offers technical training sessions up to four times a day, and has meeting spaces so that classes are not interrupted by technician training.

The Mack Trucks Academy has six training sites in the United States and Canada, including Allentown, Pennsylvania; Atlanta; Great Prairie, TX; and Toronto.

Mack’s first all-electric Class 8 vehicle, the Mack LR Electric, is available to order and the company says it is supported by dealerships and training centers in various locations across the United States. According to the company, it has 42% more energy and a standard of 376 kWh. full battery capacity, providing increased range over the first generation LR Electric.

The latest version is also equipped with two electric motors and offers a continuous output of 448 horsepower and a maximum torque output of 4,051 pounds per foot from zero rpm. It features a two-speed Mack Powershift transmission, Mack mRide suspension, and their exclusive 46,000-pound s462R rear axles.

Mack recently announced the sale of four LR Electric collection trucks in three different cities: Ocala, Florida, purchased two vehicles; Miami-Dade County bought one; and Santa Cruz, Calif., bought one for its sanitation fleet.

The LR Electric is produced at Mack’s Lehigh Valley Operations facility in Pennsylvania, where the company says all Mack Class 8 models for North America and export are assembled.