MAN eTruck launch sees near-sellout

MAN eTruck launch sees near-sellout

Chief executive officer Alexander Vlaskamp says MAN's EV technology is on track, but infrastructure could be an issue.

MAN Truck & Bus shared that more than 700 orders and requests for its eTruck, including the 2024 limited edition MAN eTGX and eTGS models, have been placed. MAN expects some customer orders to roll out later this year, while large-scale production will start at the MAN plant in Munich, Germany in 2025.

The MAN eTGX and MAN eTGS are available with several wheelbase options and a choice of three to six battery packs, offering different configurations for range, payload and charging times to suit your fleet’s needs. MAN says with six battery packs (two installed under the cab, four more on the side of the truck’s frame) you can expect a nearly 500 mile single-charge range. MAN is also working to speed up charging the eTGX and eTGS maximum 480 kWh of usable battery by offering megawatt charging—which will actually start at 750 kW, and later be expanded to over one megawatt power.

Trucks with diesel and battery-electric drives will then be manufactured on the same assembly line in Germany, allowing flexibility to suit customer’s needs. The plan is for half of all new MAN trucks delivered in Europe to be electrically powered by 2030.

“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” explains Alexander Vlaskamp, chief executive officer of MAN Truck & Bus. “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 1,700 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.”

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