MAN and ABB E-mobility announced an exclusive cooperation mainly focused on megawatt charging systems for electric trucks, although the agreement generally deals with technical cooperation between the two companies. The cooperation is initially scheduled to run for three years and is not just limited to logistics. ABB E-mobility has recently signed a similar agreement with another brand within the TRATON Group, Scania.
“Cooperation in the area of research and development is rather rare in our industry. Together with ABB E-mobility, we are striving for a trusting, binding and transparent partnership. We are already starting with the development of products and standards and are focusing on the special requirements of the commercial vehicle industry”, said Thomas Nickels, Senior Vice President Engineering at MAN.
MAN and ABB joining forces
“At MCS, we are working with players from the entire sector to enable charging capacities in the megawatt range in the future and thus sustainable and economical long-distance heavy goods and passenger transport. By cooperating with ABB E-mobility, we can tackle the challenges of the new technology at an early stage and drive standardisation forward more quickly”.
The basis for megawatt charging is Ethernet communication, which is being used for the first time in electromobility. Early software and interoperability tests with vehicles and charging stations should help to establish reliable products as quickly as possible in an emerging market environment.
“High charging performance, reliable technology and customer confidence – these are the prerequisites for the success of electromobility in heavy goods and long-distance passenger transport. By working together with MAN right from the early product phase, we can respond even better to the needs of our customers. By 2025, we want to bring a product to the market that meets the requirements of logistics,” added Floris van de Klashorst, Senior Vice President Products & Hardware Platforms at ABB E-mobility.