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ABB E-mobility and MAN take to next phase of electromobility

Electric vehicle charging solutions provider ABB E-mobility is combining with MAN to forge further into zero-emissions heavy vehicle production

Heavy vehicle brand MAN Truck & Bus and charging solutions provider for electric vehicles ABB E-mobility are combining to produce special technical features for transport moving forward.

On the site of the former Berlin Tempelhof Airport, in the presence of German Federal Minister for Digital and Transport Dr. Volker Wissing, MAN Truck & Bus had a near-series prototype of its upcoming electric truck driven in public for the first time.

A special technical feature of the trailblazing electric commercial vehicle, which will be launched on the market in 2024, is its capacity for future megawatt charging.

ABB E-mobility aims to bring megawatt charging technology to market maturity in the next three years and is combining with MAN to accelerate its electromobility phase.

The two companies are aiming for operational capability for heavy-duty long-haul trucking with daily ranges between 600 and 800 kilometres.

Both say they are signalling that the industry is ready to proceed, and that legislators must establish the policy framework for zero-emission road haulage.

“We need to decarbonize road freight transport to achieve our climate targets. To make this happen, we are focusing above all on the market ramp-up of climate friendly commercial vehicles and the development of a corresponding high-performance charging infrastructure,” German federal digital and transport minister Dr. Volker Wissing says.

“The project we are supporting on high-performance charging for e-trucks on the A2 is providing important learnings. What is important now is to get more e-trucks on the road quickly. The partnership between MAN and ABB shows that we are on the right track.”

During the minister’s test drive in the MAN electric vehicle, MAN CEO Alexander Vlaskamp says the accelerating expansion of charging infrastructure is key to evolve transport and meet climate targets.

He says MAN is relying on battery-electric powertrains in all transport for future carbon-free commercial vehicle fleets due to its lower operating costs and better overall energy footprint.

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“As part of the Traton Group, we are already participating in a joint venture with industry partners to develop and operate a high-performance public charging network with a target of at least 1,700 green electricity charging points across Europe,” Vlaskamp says.

To enable long-distance daily ranges between 600 and 800 kilometres, the MAN electric truck, due to be launched in 2024, is already equipped with the technical prerequisites for future megawatt charging systems. ABB E-mobility, as a leading global provider of charging solutions, intends to bring such charging systems to market quickly.

“We aim to facilitate electromobility in all areas. At ABB E-mobility we have been working on developing the corresponding performance standards for many years,” ABB E-mobility CEO Frank Mühlon says.  

“Megawatt charging will require new power technology with more than 1,000 volts, so systemic electrical safety and reliability are essential at these power levels and for the foreseeable use cases.

“ABB E-mobility is the ideal provider to take on these challenges, as we can significantly accelerate research and development based on our existing technologies. Our shared ambition is to bring this new technology to market within three years. In the past, such development phases have often taken much longer.”

ABB says a binding and uniform standard is also crucial for the introduction of megawatt charging technology.

The E-mobility company says Germany could set benchmarks with than 20 partners from industry and science, including MAN and ABB, working on the high-performance charging project (known as “HoLa” in German).

The project is funded by the German government and is the world’s first megawatt charging project. Two high-performance charging points with megawatt charging systems (MCS) are being built at four locations along the A2 federal highway. The project is intended to serve as the basis for nationwide expansion.

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