MAN begins practical testing of electric trucks


MAN Truck & Bus have handed over fully electric trucks to nine Austrian Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL) partner companies

MAN Truck & Bus have handed over fully electric trucks to nine Austrian Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL) partner companies, marking the starting point for practical tests, which begin with immediate effect. 

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The test vehicles, based on MAN TGMs, are designed specifically for each customer and prepared for authentic practical testing. During the test drives, which will last for several months, the participating companies will use the vehicles in regular logistics operations.

MAN will incorporate the experience gained together with the CNL’s partner companies
into the continuing mass development of its electric trucks.

Joachim Drees, chairman of the Executive Board of Man Truck & Bus AG, and his board colleague Dr Ulrich Dilling, responsible for production and logistics, handed over the first electric trucks of the type MAN eTGM at the Steyr production site.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Joachim said, "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 cooperation project with the CNL but also for the 260-year company history of MAN."

The eTrucks will be tested under authentic conditions in day-to-day logistics and transport activities at CNL member companies Gebrüder Weiss, HOFER, Magna Steyr, METRO, Quehenberger Logistics, REWE, Schachinger Logistik, SPAR, and Stieglbrauerei.

The field tests are carried out in the ‘Megawatt’ project and supported by the Austrian Federal Government’s Climate and Energy Fund as part of its Lighthouses of Electric Mobility programme with 3,012,648 euros.

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