Fully electric-powered MANs begin road trials with operators

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The first MAN fully electric-powered trucks were handed over to customers for trials last week.

MAN Truck & Bus chief executive officer Joachim Drees and Dr Ulrich Dilling, the executive board member for production and logistics, oversaw the handover at the MAN plant in Steyr, Austria, on 13 September.

Companies including HOFER (the operating name for ALDI in Austria), Spar and Quehenberger Logistics (pictured) will put the nine eTGMs through their paces during the next few months.

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The trucks, in both 6×2 and 4×2 configuration, include reefer and swap bodies and a tractor for plant equipment haulier Magna Steyr. An electric motor is located in the centre of the frame of each of the MANs, with lithium-ion batteries placed beneath the cab.

The 6×2 26-tonner features 12 batteries providing a range of up to 120 miles on one charge. The 4×2 tractor, which has eight battery packs, has a range of approximately 80 miles.