Electric trucks, MAN eTruck stands icy winter tests in Northern Sweden
According to around 30 engineers who participated in the test sessions, the electric vehicle turned out to be successful. "Our engineers literally put the new eTruck through its paces day and night under the toughest conditions. The maturity level is already extremely high", stated Frederik Zohm, Executive Board Member for Research and Development at MAN Trucks & Bus.
The new MAN eTruck, to be manufacturer by the German brand from 2024, was subjected to icy winter tests in Northern Sweden. According to around 30 engineers who participated in the test sessions, the electric vehicle turned out to be successful. “Our engineers literally put the new eTruck through its paces day and night under the toughest conditions. The maturity level is already extremely high and the development team is working with great passion on the further trials to provide our customers with an optimal product for the switch to CO2-free road freight transport,” commented Frederik Zohm, Executive Board Member for Research and Development at MAN Trucks & Bus.
In the process, MAN engineers tested the overall energy management, the cooling and thermal management of the battery packs, the interaction and control of the powertrain components as well as the charging behaviour under the extreme winter conditions, among other things, on four prototypes with different battery, e-motor, transmission, axle and cab configurations of the later series production range.
MAN eTrucks: being able to stand winter tests
“Our goal is to be able to cover a large part of today’s application portfolio electrically with the new eTruck. The CO2-free long-distance transport of refrigerated goods in the classic semitrailer combination will be just as possible as the collection of milk from the organic farmer with the electric food tanker or the low-noise and emission-free waste disposal in the city,” explained Rainer Miksch, Vice President Vehicle Testing, MAN Truck & Bus.
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The winter test was just the beginning of a series of numerous vehicle and component tests that will put the new MAN eTruck through its paces until its market launch. Batteries have to prove their resistance to open fire, immersion in water and a free fall to the ground, individual components as well as the entire vehicle have to pass demanding crash tests, but also noise measurements and tests on electromagnetic compatibility are just some of the numerous upcoming validations that will make the truck ready for series production.