By adminCategories: NewsPublished On: Wednesday 1 November 2023
MAN Truck & Bus has opened sales for its first heavy-duty electric truck, in the form of the MAN eTGX for long-distance transport and the MAN eTGS for distribution.
The trucks are said to offer daily ranges of up to 800 km (later to extend to up to 1,000 km). In addition to the CCS charging standard with up to 375 kW, MAN will be offering the much more powerful megawatt charging standard (MCS) – for fast intermediate charging during driving breaks – which will initially enable 750 kW, and in a later expansion stage, more than one megawatt of charging power.
The vehicles can be equipped with three, four, five or six modularly positionable battery packs for optimum deployment flexibility and buildability, says MAN.
Two battery packs are installed under the cab, and up to four more on the side of the vehicle frame. The modular concept offers up to 2.4 tons of payload variance depending on operational and range requirements.
At the end of October, the manufacturer reported that 600 order enquiries had already been received – with the first 200 trucks scheduled to roll out to customers as early as 2024, followed by a shift to larger-scale production at its Munich plant from 2025 as orders ramp up.
Since MAN laid the foundation for development of the electric trucks at its Munich plant with the establishment of the eMobility Center around two years ago, 50 prototype trucks have been built, and around 4,000 employees from MAN’s sales and production teams have been trained for the switch to electric mobility. The manufacturer is investing approximately €100 million in setting up battery production at its Nuremberg site.
The truck maker also outlined the benefits of its 360 Degree eMobility Consulting service, which can advise on suitable vehicles, as well as customer-specific operating conditions including cost and fleet optimisation, route analysis and charging infrastructure. The MAN eReadyCheck digital tool enables customers to check how delivery routes can be driven purely electrically, while the MAN eManager tool enables fleets to keep a constant eye on all trucks’ charging status.
“As early as 2030, every second MAN truck registered in Europe is to be electric,” said Friedrich Baumann, executive board member for sales and customer solutions at MAN Truck & Bus.
“However, for us to achieve this goal, a nationwide charging infrastructure is an absolute prerequisite. We therefore need a significantly accelerated expansion to at least 4,000 megawatt charging points in Germany and 50,000 high-capacity and megawatt charging points in Europe by 2030.”