MAN eTruck, the very first electric truck ever designed and produced by MAN, is going to be a success. According to the news released by the Bavarian manufacturer, 700 orders and order requests have already been received for the MAN eTGX and MAN eTGS, with the “Limited Edition” of the 2024 model year almost sold out already.
Indeed, the majority of the above mentioned orders are for large-scale production, which will start at the MAN plant in Munich in 2025. The new MAN eTGX and MAN eTGS are characterized by a high degree of variability in battery configuration with a choice of three to six battery packs. This means that the optimum vehicle configuration in terms of range, payload and charging time can be selected for every application characteristic.
MAN eTruck, some of the main technical features
Moreover, with six battery packs, two of which are installed under the cab and up to four more on the side of the vehicle frame, the eTGX and eTGS offer up to 480 kWh of usable battery capacity for daily ranges of up to 800 km. In addition to the CCS standard with up to 375 kW, MAN has been offering the even more powerful megawatt charging standard (MCS) for fast intermediate charging during breaks from driving.
The plan of the Bavarian manufacturer is for half of all new MAN trucks delivered in Europe to be electrically powered by 2030. “We are delighted that the new MAN electric truck has been so well received by our customers right from the start. The unique, modular battery concept, which offers the right compromise between range and payload for every application and enables all common types of superstructures, certainly contributes to this. The right vehicles for the drive turnaround in road freight transport are therefore here and will be rolling out to the first customers this year! Both the commercial vehicle industry and large parts of the logistics sector are ready to make a decisive contribution to the fight against climate change. However, we urgently need the right public charging infrastructure so that CO2-neutral freight transport on the road can pick up speed and customers are not disillusioned by the initial euphoria”, said Alexander Vlaskamp, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus.
The crucial issue of charging infrastructure
“As part of the TRATON GROUP, MAN, together with the Volvo Group and Daimler Truck, is already involved in the Milence joint venture, which aims to set up at least 1700 high-performance and megawatt charging points for commercial vehicles across Europe. However, we need at least 50,000 charging points in Europe by 2030 in order to make a consistent transition. All players from politics and the energy sector are therefore now called upon to work together to achieve this important contribution to the climate targets”, Vlaskamp continued.