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MAN Truck & Bus previews EVs ahead of IAA

The vehicles MAN Truck & Bus will preview at IAA

MAN will preview its new distribution truck and a prototype electric bus

Commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus has provided a sneak peek of the innovations it will be showcasing at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 in September.

Alongside the latest product highlights for trucks and coaches, MAN’s advances in the fields of electromobility, digitisation and autonomous vehicles will be the main focus of its exhibit at the industry trade fair, which will take place in Hanover, Germany.

MAN will exhibit an all-electric distribution truck – the MAN eTGM – a battery electric version of the new MAN transporter.

This means that MAN will be one of the first manufacturers to present all-electric solutions for the entire scope of city logistics applications between three and 26 tonnes.

MAN Truck & Bus AG CEO Joachim Drees said: “The urban environment is where eTrucks can truly demonstrate their strengths. They have zero local emissions and therefore contribute to improving the city air. What’s more, they are extremely quiet, meaning that in future it may be possible to make deliveries to supermarkets at night, for example – solving the problem of daytime traffic.

“For us, one thing is clear: the future of urban passenger and cargo transport is electric.”

MAN has also concluded development partnerships with Munich, Hamburg, Wolfsburg, Luxembourg and Paris with the aim of incorporating people’s everyday experiences into series development.

A prototype of the MAN Lion’s City E will also be on show for the first time at this year’s IAA.

The bus’s fully electric drivetrain delivers 160 kW, up to a maximum of 270 kW.

The next step is to introduce a demo fleet of electric buses into everyday use in various European cities before series production of the battery electric version of the new MAN Lion’s City can finally get under way.

This extensive trial will ensure that the vehicles can meet the high reliability standards required for use in local public transport.

Platooning

MAN also provided a demonstration of truck platooning at its IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 preview.

The concept involves an electronic drawbar that connects two or more trucks together. The first truck determines the speed and direction, while the one behind follows in an automated manner at a very short distance of around just 10-15 metres.

By using the slipstream, the convoy reduces the fuel it consumes by up to 10%. A driver sits in the following vehicle and can take action and override the system if required.

“Platooning noticeably reduces CO2 emissions and significantly increases safety on the motorway. The electronic system of the following truck responds in just 5 milliseconds when the brake is applied in the front truck – faster than any human. The technology has the potential to significantly reduce the number of serious rear-end collisions on motorways,” explained Drees.

As part of a pilot project, a MAN platoon has already been in operation on Germany’s A9 motorway between Munich and Nuremberg since the end of June.

In collaboration with DB Schenker, the commercial vehicle manufacturer is testing how the technology acquits itself on the real road network.

The field trials are being monitored by the Fraunhofer Institute, which is studying the effects on the drivers.

The automatic emergency brake assist used in trucks and buses as well as the camera monitor system, which helps drivers when turning and aims to prevent serious accidents caused by blind spots also ensure increased safety.

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