MAN eTGM: Black Logistics Relies on all-Electric Distribution Trucks

RECENTLY, MAN Truck & Bus handed over an all-electric MAN eTGM to Schwarz Logistik GmbH. The 26-tonne distribution truck is used for the production supply of ZEISS in Oberkochen. The vehicle is part of a small series of electric trucks that MAN has been delivering to various European customers since the end of 2019.

  • Schwarz Logistik GmbH commissions its first battery-electric electric truck
  • MAN eTGM with permissible total weight of 26 tons supplies ZEISS in Oberkochen
  • The MAN eTGM has been produced as a small series since the end of 2019

Schwarz Logistik GmbH, a subsidiary of the Schwarz Group, recently commissioned an all-electric MAN eTGM. The new electric truck will be used for the production supply of the optics and electronics group ZEISS in Oberkochen. Specifically, the vehicle will bring precursors from the Schwarz Logistics Center in Herbrechtingen to Oberkochen three to four times a day in order to deliver them just-in-time to ZEISS. The charging station installed directly at a loading ramp of the logistics centre ensures reliable charging of the MAN eTGM. This ensures that the electric truck is supplied with the electrical energy required for the batteries during loading. In order to guarantee the most sustainable operation of the interchangeable bridge vehicle, Schwarz is currently working on an intelligent charging control system in order to charge the electric truck with solar energy during the day and at weekends via its own solar panels on the roof of the logistics centre.

“For the Schwarz Group, it is an enormous advantage to be able to actively shape the development of electromobility at an early stage. This is such that we are able to offer our customers emission-free transport solutions that work in a timely manner,” emphasizes Managing Director Thomas Schwarz during the handover of the all-electric truck.

The MAN eTGM has been produced as a small series since November 2019 and meets all the essential requirements for the inner-city delivery traffic of the future: it is locally emission-free and quiet. At the same time, the truck has sufficient payload to handle its typical transport tasks. The electric truck for medium and heavy distribution traffic can be configured on the assembly side as a refrigerated vehicle, with interchangeable bridge or beverage body. The eTGM offers a permissible total weight of 26 tons and is powered by a 264 kW (360 hp) electric motor, which provides a torque of max. 3,100 Nm. Auxiliary units such as power steering, air compressor and air conditioning are electrically operated and controlled via energy management as required and thus energy-saving.

By means of braking energy recovery (so-called recuperation), the vehicle’s kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy in the thrust and braking phases and returned to the battery storage. This allows the range to be significantly increased. An indication in the cockpit informs the driver about the current energy content of the batteries. The energy for the truck is supplied by high-performance lithium-ion batteries from the Volkswagen Group. These are placed under the cab above the front axle, where the diesel powertrain is placed in conventional vehicles. Other batteries are located on the vehicle frame. The man eTGM range is up to 200 kilometres, depending on the area of application, climatic and topographical conditions. Charging the batteries is possible either with a charging power of 22 or 44 kW with alternating current or as so-called “high-power charging” with 150 kW direct current.

“We are pleased that, together with innovative companies such as the Schwarz Group, we are able to take a pioneering role in such a forward-looking topic as electromobility in Baden-Württemberg,” says Björn Brückmann, Regional Head of Sales Truck Southwest, MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH.

In order to make it as easy as possible to get started with electromobility, MAN Truck & Bus offers its customers individual, holistic and solution-oriented advice when purchasing an eTGM with MAN Transport Solutions. In addition, the drivers of the MAN eTGM receive driver training from MAN ProfiDrive, which is specially designed for the requirements when driving an all-electric vehicle.

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