MAN Truck & Bus has a near -series prototype of its upcoming electric truck, which is now being driven to the public for the first time at the site of the former Berlin Tempelhof Airport. A special technical feature of the electric commercial car, which will launch on the market in 2024, is its capacity for future megawatt charging.
ABB E-mobility, a global provider of billing solutions for electric vehicles, aims to bring megawatt charging technology to market maturity over the next three years. MAN and ABB E-mobility are already preparing for the next phase of electromobility: operational capability for heavy-duty long-haul trucking with a daily distance between 600 and 800 kilometers.
In addition, with their commitment to electromobility, the two companies signaled that the industry was ready to move forward and that legislators should establish the policy framework for zero-emission road haulage.
Federal Minister for Digital and Transport Dr Volker Wissing. said, “We need to decarbonize road freight transport to achieve our climate targets. To do this, we are focusing above all on the ramp-up in the market of climate-friendly commercial vehicles and the development of a corresponding billing infrastructure with high performance. ”
He added, “The project we are supporting on high-performance charging for A2 e-trucks provides important lessons. What is important now, is to get more e-trucks on the road. The collaboration between of MAN and ABB shows that we are on the right track.
During the MAN electric truck minister’s test drive, Alexander Vlaskamp, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus, emphasized that “accelerating the expansion of the billing infrastructure is the only way to achieve the evolution of transportation and achieve or climate targets. ”
He also highlighted why MAN relies on battery-powered powertrains for future carbon-free commercial fleets: low operating costs and extremely high overall energy footprint. “As part of the Traton Group, we have already entered into a joint venture with industry partners to develop and operate a high-performance public charging network with a target of at least 1,700 green power charging points across Europe, ”Vlaskamp added.
To perform long-distance daily ranges between 600 and 800 kilometers, the MAN electric truck, to be launched in 2024, is already equipped with the technical requirements for the future megawatt charging system. ABB E-mobility, as a leading global provider of billing solutions, seeks to bring such billing systems to market immediately.
Frank Mühlon, CEO of ABB E-mobility said, “We aim to accelerate electromobility everywhere. At ABB E-mobility we have worked to develop corresponding performance standards for many years. Megawatt charging requires new power technology with more than 1,000 volts, so systematic safety and electrical reliability are essential at this power level and for detectable use cases.
“ABB E-mobility is the ideal provider to address these challenges, as we can accelerate research and development based on our existing technologies. Our shared ambition is to drive this new technology on the market for three years. In the past, such periods of development have always been long, ”said Frank Mühlon.
A binding and uniform pattern is also essential for the introduction of megawatt charging technology. Germany can set benchmarks here: more than 20 partners from industry and science, including MAN and ABB, are working on the high-performance charging project (known as “HoLa” in German), which is funded by the government. Germany and is the world’s first megawatt charging project.
Two high-performance charging points with megawatt charging systems (MCS) were built at four locations along the A2 federal highway. The project is intended to serve as the basis for a nationwide expansion.