MAN is to begin production of its heavy-duty electric trucks a year earlier than previously planned.
Production is now scheduled to start at the beginning of 2024 with the delivery of 200 units during the year part of that year.
These will be followed by field-trial units of a hydrogen truck developed in partnership with Bosch, Faurecia and ZF and delivered to five customers, BayWa, DB Schenker, GRESS Spedition, Rhenus Logistics and Spedition Dettendorfer, in mid-2024.
"MAN is accelerating its transformation and taking big steps towards emission-free drive systems," said Alexander Vlaskamp, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus.
"Our focus at MAN and in the Traton Group is clearly on battery-electric drives. They form the basis for our heavy-duty e-trucks, which we will be launching on the market from 2024. Only when sufficient green hydrogen and the corresponding infrastructure are available well after 2030 do we expect to use H2 trucks in selected areas of application. That is why we are researching the topic of hydrogen to build up further expertise in the field," he added.
The plans were revealed at the first showing of MAN’s future eTruck – a near production-ready prototype that will be built at its Munich site.
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