MAN and ABB E-mobility show megawatt charging for the first time

Commercial Motor
March 27, 2024


The first prototype megawatt charging system, created by ABB E-mobility was demonstrated this week charging the MAN TGX eTruck.

This was the first public showcase of this technology which charged the vehicle at more than 700kW and 1,000A. With megawatt charging the eTruck’s batteries can be replenished from 10% to 80% in around half an hour. 

Dr Markus Söder, Bavarian minister president, said: "Bavaria is on the way to the mobility of the future: today, the starting signal was given for the first megawatt charging station for electric trucks at MAN in Munich. This is state-of-the-art ecological and economical e-mobility that is being developed in Bavaria. We need to put our domestic industry in a position to compete. Innovation and technology secure the future."

Michael Halbherr, CEO of ABB E-mobility, said: "With MCS, sustainable long-distance transport with trucks and buses will be possible in the near future. We have proven that today. Even if we are still showing a prototype here: With the new MCS standard, we have not only doubled the amperage but also the charging capacity within just a few years. To achieve the energy transition in transport, we need solutions that are sustainable, reliable and economical. To achieve this, we need to think integratively and work together. Today's demonstration is also the result of close collaboration between MAN and ABB E-mobility and the entire industry."

 Alexander Vlaskamp, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus, said: "The goal is 30,000 MCS charging points in Europe by 2030, around 4,000 of them in Germany. We put one of the first charging points into operation today. We don't have much time left to set it up. The electric trucks are available, megawatt charging is working. We now need clear signals from politicians, not least to build trust among our customers in favour of electrification. We now need to build and scale up the infrastructure quickly."

MAN will be exhibiting at Road Transport Expo, which takes place at NAEC Stoneleigh between 4-6 June. Registrations are now open, so book your free place now!



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