A MAN eTGM electric truck, in combination with an electric truck-mounted forklift, is being tested by STARK Deutschland in the building material trade, quite a new area of application for this kind of trucks, due to the lack of uniform and predictable routes. The whole operation is part of a practical test managed by eLogistics in cooperation with Fulda University of Applied Sciences.
Test on the MAN eTGM for data collection
The area of operation for this practical test is the Rhine-Main region. Charging stations with 55 kW charging power have been set up at the Frankfurt am Main and Darmstadt branches of Raab Karcher, a brand of STARK Germany. The MAN eTGM will start and end its tours there. As part of the practical test, data will be collected in the coming months to investigate the potential of eTrucks in delivery traffic.
As for STARK, it is part of an international group headquartered in Copenhagen, and one of the leading building materials dealers in Germany. In about 260 branches, around 6,000 employees generate an annual turnover of approximately 2.5 billion euros. “As early as March 2021, the STARK Group committed to the 1.5 degree target of the Paris Climate Agreement as part of the ‘Science Based Targets’. With the acquisition of the eTruck and the start of the project, we are now striving towards this goal even more strongly in Germany together with the University of Fulda and our strong supplier partners”, explained Michael Knüppel, CEO at STARK Germany.
E-trucks in the construction sector
“On the way to sustainable freight transport, it is necessary for all sectors to be on board. That’s why I’m very pleased that we were able to convince STARK, a customer from an area of application in the construction sector, of the performance of our electric truck. We at MAN are firmly convinced that electric mobility is the key technology with which the transformation of the transport sector will succeed ecologically and economically”, added Nils Heine, responsible for the eMobility Truck Sales Division at MAN Truck & Bus SE.