The first battery-electric truck in the building materials trade in Germany has been put into service.
The MAN eTGM, operated by Stark Deutschland and co-financed by the federal state of Hesse, will deliver building materials to construction sites in the Rhine-Main region.
It is part of a testing programme in cooperation with Fulda University of Applied Sciences and data will be collected in the coming months to investigate the potential for electric trucks in this sector.
Charging stations with 55kW charging power have been set up at two sites and the truck will begin and end its tours there.
The eTGM, with a gross vehicle weight of 26-tonnes, has a range of up to 200 kilometres, depending on the area of operation, climatic and topographical conditions.
It is powered by a 360hp electric motor that provides a maximum torque of 3,100Nm.
Ancillary units such as the power steering, air compressor and air conditioning are operated electrically and controlled by the energy management system according to demand, thus saving energy.
In addition, the vehicle is equipped with an electric truck-mounted forklift, which has a payload of up to 2.5 tonnes and is powered by a 13kW electric motor.
Nils Heine, who is responsible for the eMobility Truck Sales Division at MAN Truck & Bus SE, said, “On the way to sustainable freight transport, it is necessary for all sectors to be on board.
“That’s why I’m very pleased that we were able to convince Stark, a customer from an area of application in the construction sector, of the performance of our electric truck.
“We at MAN are firmly convinced that electric mobility is the key technology with which the transformation of the transport sector will succeed ecologically and economically.”