IAA 2018: MAN goes electric with 15-tonne CitE

Colin Barnett
September 26, 2018

MAN previewed the CitE, a 15-tonne zero emission urban delivery truck, cementing its belief that electrification represents the future for urban distribution. The concept vehicle bridges the weight gap between the eTGE 3.5-tonne van and the 26-tonne eTGM. 

Felix Kybart, MAN Truck & Bus vice president of alternative fuels, explains that the truck is a Traton Group project. It utilises an electric motor developed jointly with sister company Scania, which will also appear in Scania and Navistar buses. The batteries are the same as fitted to the eTGM.

With no engine to get in the way, MAN developed a “class-leading” low-entry cab, with a 320mm step height, and sliding nearside door. The deep windscreen offers a superb view of the road, and driver visibility is aided further by a 360-degree camera. 

MAN will now gauge public interest, with a view to putting it into production in 2021

Meanwhile MAN has extended its SCR-only engine line-up, with the launch of the D15 (pictured above). The new 9-litre, 6-cylinder engine, is 230kg lighter than the 10.5-litre D20 it replaces. Available from 2019, there will be three power ratings (330hp/1,600Nm, 360hp/1,700Nm and 400hp/1,800Nm). Including the D08, you can now get SCR-only MAN engines from 150hp through to 400hp. 

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Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett has been involved in the road transport industry since becoming an apprentice truck mechanic in the early seventies. The end of 2022 will see him complete 25 years with Commercial Motor, with a secondment as editor of sister title Truck & Driver along the way. Today, as technical editor, he is witnessing at first hand the greatest changes in heavy goods vehicles since they replaced horses.

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