Man eTruck launch sees near-sellout

Man eTruck launch sees near-sellout

CEO Alexander Vlaskamp said Man's EV technology is on track, but infrastructure could be an issue.

Man Truck & Bus shared that more than 700 orders and requests for its eTruck, including the 2024 limited edition Man eTGX and eTGS models, have been placed. Man said it expects some customer orders to roll out later this year, while large-scale production will start at the MAN plant in Munich, Germany, in 2025.

The Man eTGX and Man eTGS are available with several wheelbase options and a choice of three to six battery packs, offering different configurations for range, payload and charging times to suit your fleet’s needs. Man said with six battery packs (two installed under the cab, four more on the side of the truck’s frame), you can expect a nearly 500-mile single-charge range. Man said it also is working to speed up charging the eTGX and eTGS maximum of 480 kWh of usable battery by offering megawatt charging—which will actually start at 750 kW, and later be expanded to over one megawatt power.

Trucks with diesel and battery-electric drives will then be manufactured on the same assembly line in Germany, allowing flexibility to suit customer’s needs. The plan is for half of all new Man trucks delivered in Europe to be electrically powered by 2030.

“Both the commercial vehicle industry and large parts of the logistics sector are ready to make a decisive contribution to the fight against climate change. However, we urgently need the right public charging infrastructure so that CO2-neutral freight transport on the road can pick up speed and customers are not disillusioned by the initial euphoria,” Alexander Vlaskamp, chief executive officer of Man Truck & Bus, said.

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