MAN has been taking its ecological responsibilities seriously for a long time and follows a clear roadmap when it comes to electromobility. Since 2009, MAN has been working on new concepts for supply and waste disposal in urban environments, because it is especially inside cities that the challenge of balancing inner-city goods transport with a healthy, liveable environment for inhabitants is increasing in scope,
At IAA 2018 MAN is unveiling fully electric Man eTruck, MAN eTGM for distribution transport also the MAN eTGE, a variant of the new MAN van with electric drive. With that, MAN is one of the first manufacturers to present fully electric solutions for the whole city logistics sector between 3 and 26 tonnes.
For city busses, the trend is clearly to alternative drive systems. Along with the new MAN Lion’s City G and the MAN Lion’s City with MAN EfficientHybrid, the fully electric MAN Lion’s City E will make its first public appearance at IAA 2018. The next step will be to test it in everyday conditions in various European cities before series production begins in 2020.
MAN first presented the new MAN eTruck in September 2016, a TGS semitrailer tractor with electric drive, at the IAA. Five months later, MAN and the Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL) signed a development partnership. This agreement gave the starting signal for the introduction of MAN eTrucks in medium and heavy distribution transport, with a permissible gross train weight from 18 to 26 tonnes.
The MAN eTruck complies with all the necessary requirements for the inner-city distribution transport of the future. It features the same payload as the models with standard internal combustion engines and boasts virtually silent and emission-free performance.Along with electric drive, auxiliary units such as power steering, air compressors and air-conditioning systems are also electrically driven. This makes demand-dependent, energy-saving steering possible. In addition, the kinetic energy of the vehicle is converted into electrical energy during overrun phases while on the move and then fed back into the battery accumulator.
MAN laid the foundations for the eTruck in 2012, with the development of the MAN Metropolis hybrid vehicle. Valuable expertise in terms of electromobility was collected in numerous real-world deployments. The IAA 2016 marked the time to shine: for the first time, MAN presented a fully electrically driven semitrailer tractor for use in inner-city night-time distribution, e.g. for food markets. In the following months, MAN built further fully electric concept vehicles based on the MAN TGM in the weight class from 18 to 26 tonnes. In 2018 the MAN eTruck will be undergoing tests at nine CNL partner companies. Everyday conditions in various European cities before series production begins in 2020.
MAN LION’S CITY HYBRID
It’ll charge its battery up to 80 percent capacity in just 45 minutes from a 40-kW charging station, or to full capacity in under five and a half hours. Plug it into a regular 220-volt outlet, though, and it’ll take nine hours to charge. But if you take good care of the batteries, MAN says they’ll only lose 15 percent of their capacity after 10 years and 2,000 charging cycles.
The battery sit in individually replaceable six- or twelve-cell modules under the floor, resulting in a load area that’s a little higher than in a front-drive variant, but about the same as a diesel-powered, rear-drive version.