MAN tri­als eTrucks

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MAN IS RAMP­ING UP ITS DEVEL­OP­MENT OF ELEC­TRIC trucks, launch­ing a large-scale and longterm trial of an elec­tric model in Aus­trian truck­ing eets.

It’s start­ing-up a short pro­duc­tion run of elec­tric ver­sions of its dis­tri­bu­tion truck mod­els – and will have its eTrucks ready for the trial to be­gin in Novem­ber.

By start­ing to man­u­fac­ture elec­tric trucks at its Aus­trian fac­tory, MAN says it’s “tak­ing a ma­jor step closer to elec­tro­mo­bil­ity in ur­ban dis­tri­bu­tion trans­port.”

It’s an im­por­tant step­ping-stone to­wards its plans to start lim­ited se­ries-pro­duc­tion of its eTrucks from the end of next year and then go­ing into full pro­duc­tion in early 2021.

e trial is a part­ner­ship be­tween MAN and the Aus­trian Coun­cil for Sus­tain­able Lo­gis­tics (CNL), which com­prises 15 of the coun­try’s largest trade, lo­gis­tics ser­vices and pro­duc­tion com­pany

With nine CNL com­pa­nies run­ning the elec­tric MANs in their daily op­er­a­tions, the trial will give MAN “the ideal op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther de­velop ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy for se­ries pro­duc­tion,” says MAN Truck & Bus board chair­man Joachim Drees.

MAN ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber Dr Carsten In­tra adds: “It will also help us gear our new prod­uct port­fo­lio to cus­tomers’ re­quire­ments.”

CNL plans to in­crease use of eTrucks for in­ner-city and sub­ur­ban dis­tri­bu­tion trans­port from 2020 on­wards in or­der to make an ac­tive con­tri­bu­tion to­wards re­duc­ing emis­sions in cities.

e trial eTrucks will be 6x2s, fea­tur­ing re­frig­er­ated bodies, swap con­tain­ers and bev­er­age bodies, plus a trac­tor unit and semi-trailer com­bi­na­tion. ey’ll range from 12-tonne to 26t GVMs.

e con­cept ve­hi­cle that the trial eTrucks will be based on has a 250kW elec­tric mo­tor, de­liv­er­ing 2700Nm of torque to the rear axle via a prop­shaft, with no gear­box. Aux­il­iary units, such as the power steer­ing, air com­pres­sor and the air­con­di­tion­ing sys­tem, are elec­tri­cally op­er­ated and con­trolled via the en­ergy man­age­ment sys­tem.

e brak­ing en­ergy re­cov­ery sys­tem con­verts the ki­netic en­ergy of the ve­hi­cle into elec­tri­cal en­ergy dur­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion phases, and feeds it back into high-per­for­mance lithium-ion bat­ter­ies lo­cated un­der the cab.

e ad­di­tional weight of the elec­tric drive com­po­nents is com­pen­sated for by dis­pens­ing with the con­ven­tional diesel en­gine, with the re­sult that the ve­hi­cle has the same pay­load as a sim­i­lar, stan­dard semi-trailer and trac­tor unit from the TGS model range.


A range of MAN eTrucks will go to work in nine Aus­trian eets late this year, as a leadup to lim­ited pro­duc­tion a year later...and full pro­duc­tion in 2021

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