Porsche commissions a fully electric truck by MAN to deliver part for the production of their first electric car Taycan in Stuttgart currently in preparation. The MAN eTGM is a 32-ton carrier that Porsche says comes with a range of 130 km.
Said range will more than enough for the daily operations that will see the all-electric truck drive on a 19-kilometer stretch between the Freiberg am Neckar site operated by logistics partner LGI and the Porsche plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.
Porsche will be among the first to use the brand new MAN eTGM, that the VW owned company plans to release in a first small series from early 2019. The cooperation also includes a high power charging station, in this case developed by Porsche Engineering and the same Ionity uses. The maximum charging capacity for this electric truck station located in Freiberg is 150 kWh, which is sufficient to charge the electric truck to travel a further 100 kilometres in 45 minutes, says Porsche. As at all Porsche charging stations, the vehicle is charged using energy from renewables.
Technically, Porsche specifies the electric truck as follows: “The battery-powered eTruck is a MAN eTGM 18.360 4×2 LL. The type designation indicates that the truck is a semitrailer tractor and belongs to the 18-tonne weight class, while the overall combination with a semitrailer is designed for a total weight of 32 tonnes in delivery traffic. The 360 figure represents the horsepower of the 265 kW eTruck. Lithium-ion batteries with a storage capacity of 149 kWh are used to store energy, making it possible for the eTruck to cover a range of 130 kilometres.”
It is also part of a wider effort to “green” operations at Porsche. One example is that the carmaker has been using energy from renewable sources at all production sites for two years now, and that the railway logistics from production locations solely uses natural power.
The first all-electric Porsche Taycan is slated for launch next year and is nearly sold out, at least when looking at reservations made to date.