Truckmaker MAN and ABB are pushing for “megawatt charging”, for a daily range of between 600 and 800 km

MAN Truck & Bus recently presented a near-production prototype of its future electric truck on the grounds of the former Berlin-Tempelhof airport in the presence of Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing. The technical feature of the model planned for 2024 is its preparation for the future load in megawatts. Charging solution provider ABB E-mobility aims to bring the technology to market maturity within the next three years.

To achieve our climate goals, we need to decarbonize road freight transport.

To do this, we are primarily focusing on the growth of the market for environmentally friendly commercial vehicles and the development of the corresponding high-performance charging infrastructure. The important thing now is to quickly put more electric trucks on the road. The cooperation between MAN and ABB shows that we are on the right track.

Volker Wissing

Accelerating the expansion of charging infrastructure is the only way to reverse the tide of transportation and meet climate goals.

For future fleets of CO2-free commercial vehicles, the company intends to rely on battery-electric powertrains, as they offer low running costs and the best energy balance.

Alexander Vlaskamp, ​​Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus.

MAN is part of Volkswagen through the commercial vehicle group Traton.

As part of the Traton group, we are already involved in a joint venture with industrial partners to establish and operate an efficient public charging network with a target of at least 1,700 green electricity charging points across the country. ‘Europe.

Alexander Vlaskamp.

MAN, Daimler Truck and Volvo Trucks have joined forces in the planned joint venture.

MAN’s heavy truck will allow a daily autonomy between 600 and 800 kilometerssuitable for long distance transportation.

To do this, the vehicle has future megawatt charging technology.

Megawatt charging will require new power technology with more than 1000 volts. At these power levels and with foreseeable use cases, electrical safety and system-level reliability are basic.

Our common objective is to bring this new technology to market maturity within three years. In the past, these development measures took much longer.

Frank Mühlon, CEO of ABB E-mobility.

A binding and uniform standard is essential for the introduction of megawatt charging technology, MAN stressed. To this end, the truck manufacturer and ABB are collaborating with partners from industry and science on the megawatt charging project “HoLa” (high performance charging), funded by the Ministry of Transport. Two high-performance charging points with “Megawatt Charging System” (MCS) are being built at each of the four points of the federal highway A 2. The project will serve as the basis for nationwide expansion.

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