MAN will launch the production of electric tractors

MAN will launch the production of electric tractors

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MAN Truck & Bus has accelerated the transition to zero-emission commercial vehicles with a “virtually production” electric truck prototype.

The production of MAN electric heavy duty trucks in Munich is now scheduled to start in early 2024 with a first batch of 200 units. This is almost a year earlier than originally planned, the company’s press service reported.

In addition to accelerating the expansion of electric mobility, the commercial vehicle manufacturer is stepping up research into hydrogen mobility with the support of the Bavarian authorities. The research project was named the “Bavarian Fleet” (German: Bayernflotte). The amount of funding from the state will amount to 8.5 million euros.

As part of the Bayernflotte project, MAN will develop a fuel cell truck together with its industrial partners Bosch, Faurecia and ZF. In mid-2024, prototypes will be handed over to five customers for one-year real-world testing: BayWa, DB Schenker, GRESS Spedition, Rhenus Logistics and Spedition Dettendorfer.

However, the hydrogen direction in MAN Truck & Bus is still considered one of the most promising – according to the company, a sufficient amount of “green” hydrogen and the corresponding infrastructure for vehicles running on such fuel will appear in Germany after 2030. Another thing is battery cars, for which MAN has developed its own battery assembly processes on the basis of the eMobility technical center in Nuremberg, opened last June.

In order to make room at the main plant in Munich for the start of mass production of electric trucks, in early 2022 the company moved part of its production to Krakow, Poland. To this end, the production capacity was increased by almost three times, and investments in the enterprise amounted to about 130 million euros.

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