The secret is out… the star of the MAN Truck & Bus UK stand (5D10) is its electrically powered, 2-axle rigid distribution truck and our cover star – the CitE. Making its UK show debut at the CV Show, the CitE concept was one of the stars of the massive MAN stand at last autumn’s IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover.
The concept has swiftly progressed from concept to the almost production-ready road vehicle on display at the CV Show. Its NEC appearance isn’t its first foray on to these shores, as it recently turned up in London, primarily for photography. London will, of course, be one of CitE’s key target markets, should sufficient interest be raised by the working prototype for production to start in 2021.
The CitE as it now exists is a 2-axle rigid distribution truck with a GVW of 15 tonnes, but in the longer term, MAN sees few limits to the CitE’s appeal. It cites areas such as parcel delivery, refrigerated transport and waste collection, as well as regular goods distribution, as potential target sectors.
Its motor develops a maximum of 290kW (389hp), which given electric drive’s low-speed torque should provide lively performance around town at 15 tonnes. Energy is stored in batteries mounted under the load space with a capacity of 110kW/hr – enough, it’s claimed for a range of 100km (62 miles).
The 2019 CV Show will see UK premieres for MAN’s 6x2 TGX XLION Flagship tractor and a TGX 41.640 8x4/4 BBS Heavy Haulage prime mover, as well as the 3.5 tonne TGE flatframe chassis cowl and the 5 tonne TGE Minibus.
Also making its UK debut at the show, as a standalone exhibit, is the D15 engine found in the TGS and TGX ranges. A direct replacement for the outgoing MAN D20 engine, it is 230kg lighter than its predecessor.