In Europe MAN are one of the first truck manufacturers to put electric trucks in production with a small run of the MAN TGM 26.360 E LL distribution truck being built at the MAN plant in Steyr, Austria.
Since autumn 2018, MAN, together with nine Austrian customers from the CNL Council for Sustainable Logistics consortium, has been carrying out practical testing of e-trucks. The nine companies are all operating an MAN eTGM electric truck, and are developing towards sustainable mobility for the future.
MAN says it is now taking the next step on the road to climate-neutral distribution by launching sales of the small production-run MAN eTGM.
The MAN eTGM meets all the demands for the urban delivery traffic of the future: It emits zero emissions in local operation, and runs quietly. The truck has a payload capacity comparable to its counterpart with a conventional combustion engine. The e-truck for medium and heavy-duty distribution traffic can be configured as a refrigerated vehicle with either a swap body or a beverage body.
The electric trucks in production, the all-electric MAN eTGM distribution vehicles, are offered in a three-axle 6×2 chassis configuration at a 26 tonne GVM with a steerable and liftable trailing axle and four-corner air suspension. The electric distribution vehicle is powered by a 264 kW electric motor, developing a maximum torque of 3,100 Nm.
Auxiliary units such as power steering, air compressors and the air-conditioning system are operated electrically, are controlled as required by the energy management system and are thus energy-saving.
Brake energy is recovered when decelerating and braking, the vehicle’s motive energy is converted into electrical energy and fed back into the battery. This technology can significantly increase the vehicle’s range.
A display in the cockpit informs the driver about the batteries’ current charging level. The truck is powered by lithium-ion batteries made by the Volkswagen Group, which are located underneath the cab on top of the front axle, where conventional vehicles have their diesel power train. Additional batteries are located on the vehicle frame.
The range is up to 200 kilometres, depending on the area of application, climatic conditions and topography.