Parent company, Volkswagen Group, has made no secret of the fact that it sees electric propulsion as the core of its future.
That strategy is now starting to flow through to Volkswagen’s truck brands – particularly MAN.
MAN Truck & Bus has just confirmed it’s handing over a fleet of fully electric trucks to nine partner companies from the Austrian Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL).
The test vehicles are based on the MAN TGM rigid and prime-mover and were designed and built specifically for each operator and their own individual applications.
They all feature a 264kW electric motor mounted to the centre of the frame that delivers 3,100Nm of torque to the drive wheels.
Lithium-ion batteries deliver a driving range of between 130 and 200 kilometres (depending on configuration and load being shifted).
MAN has also fitted a brake energy regeneration system to the trucks, while they all feature air suspension.
However, the air-conditioning, steering, cooling units and liftgates are all electric-powered.
MAN Truck & Bus Chairman, Joachim Drees, says the electric truck testing program underscores their approach of working together with customers.
“The time has come; the first MAN electric trucks are on the road – in everyday use by our customers.
“From now on, they deliver, for example, drinks, food, or vehicle parts – local emissions-free and almost silent.
“The handover of the first eTrucks is not only a special moment for the 260-year company history of MAN.”
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