How MAN & ABB want to advance megawatt charging

How MAN & ABB want to advance megawatt charging

In the presence of Transport Minister Volker Wissing, the near-series version of an electric truck announced by MAN drove in public for the first time - through the hangars of the former Berlin-Tempelhof airport. The vehicle has the technical prerequisites for the future megawatt charging that ABB E-Mobility plans to build up in the coming years.

While the truck made a solid impression during a short tour, the unveiling of the charging infrastructure plans that the partners plan to build in the near future was also among the interesting information on the sidelines of the Formula E race weekend in Berlin. "To achieve our climate targets, we need to decarbonise road freight transport. To do this, we are relying above all on the market ramp-up of climate-friendly commercial vehicles and the development of a corresponding high-performance charging infrastructure," said Volker Wissing. "The important thing now is to get more e-trucks on the road quickly. The cooperation between MAN and ABB shows that we are on the right track here."

The reasons why MAN is backing battery-electric powertrains for future CO2-free commercial vehicle fleets are clear: "Low operating costs and the best energy balance." In order to be able to achieve the promised daily ranges of 600 to 800 kilometers suitable for long-distance transport, the electric truck that MAN plans to launch in 2024 already has the technical prerequisites for future megawatt charging, which ABB E-Mobility, one of the major providers of charging solutions in the industry, plans to bring to market in the next three years.

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MAN's truck was unveiled as a concept back in February 2022, following the announcement of the vehicle's development in June 2021. At the time, the importance of charging capacity in this context was not so clearly highlighted. Now, Alexander Vlaskamp, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus, underlined: "Accelerating the expansion of the charging infrastructure is the only way to bring about the transport turnaround and achieve climate targets."

In this context, Vlaskamp referred to the "High-performance charging in long-distance truck transport" (HoLa) project, which was launched last September as reported. More than 20 partners from industry and science, including MAN and ABB, are working on the project. "HoLa" is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digitalisation and Transport (BMDV) and is the world's first megawatt charging project. Two high-performance charging points with megawatt charging systems (MCS) are being set up at each of four locations along the A 2 federal motorway. Later, the project is to be used to expand the infrastructure nationwide.