A vision becomes reality. The urban distribution transport of tomorrow is virtually silent and emission-free. The new electric truck gives us a good start to a sustainable future.
MAN has been taking its ecological responsibilities seriously for some time, and follows a clear roadmap when it comes to electromobility for trucks and buses. Since 2009, MAN has been working on new concepts for supply and waste disposal in urban environments, because it is in these cities that the challenge of balancing inner-city goods transport with a healthy, liveable environment for inhabitants is increasing in scope.
Launch for electrically driven transport in medium and heavy distribution transport
MAN Truck & Bus presented the new MAN eTruck, a TGS semitrailer tractor with electric drive, at the IAA 2016. MAN and the Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL) signed a new development partnership on this basis on 20 February 2017. With this agreement on their cooperation, MAN and CNL are signalling the start of the introduction of electromobility in medium and heavy distribution transport with a permitted gross train weight of between 12 and 26 tonnes.
The MAN eTruck is currently undergoing tests
The MAN eTruck complies with all the necessary requirements for the inner-city distribution transport of the future. It features the same payload as the models with standard internal combustion engines and boasts a virtually silent, emission-free performance.
Along with electric drive, auxiliary units such as power steering, air compressors and air-conditioning systems are also electrically driven. This makes demand-dependent, energy-saving steering possible. In addition, the kinetic energy of the vehicle is converted into electrical energy while on the move and then fed back into the battery accumulator.
MAN laid the foundations for the eTruck in 2012, with the development of the MAN Metropolis hybrid vehicle. Valuable expertise in terms of electromobility was collected in numerous real-world deployments. The IAA 2016 marked the time to shine: for the first time, MAN presented a fully electrically driven semitrailer tractor for use in inner-city night-time distribution, e.g. for food markets. The high-performance eTruck will be undergoing tests at nine CNL partner companies from late 2017.
We take stock. The new, environmentally-friendly MAN eTruck has no shortcomings in terms of payload and efficiency compared with models with internal combustion engines. It combines climate protection with performance and is the future of inner-city distribution transport.
The energy for the MAN eTrucks is supplied by high-performance lithium-ion batteries from the Volkswagen Group. They are fitted below the cab, above the front axle.
A development partnership for sustainable logistics
The Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL) is a Europe-wide unique initiative by fifteen of the largest Austrian companies from the retail, logistics service provider and production industries. The development partnership with CNL offers MAN the ideal opportunity to bring the eTruck concept into line with customer requirements using practical experience as a basis, and in doing so, successfully develop it to production readiness. From 2020, CNL is planning on stepping up its use of eTrucks for inner-city and suburban distribution transport in order to make an active contribution towards reducing emissions in cities.
The scope of testing includes MAN TGM 6x2 vehicles with refrigerated trailers, swap containers, beverage bodies and a semitrailer combination.