Traton takes over Navistar/ Expands in North America
Traton’s expansion into the North American market now finds itself on the home stretch: The Volkswagen commercial vehicle subsidiary has just signed a binding takeover agreement with the US commercial vehicle manufacturer Navistar. The transaction is expected to be completed in mid-2021. Weiterlesen
Traton & Hino launch e-mobility joint venture
Traton and Hino are intensifying their cooperation in the field of electromobility. As part of their strategic partnership, the commercial vehicle subsidiaries of Volkswagen and Toyota have signed a joint venture agreement to speed up development for products with battery and FC technology. Weiterlesen
e-troFit conversion kits for Mercedes & MAN buses
e-troFit, specialist for the conversion of diesel buses to electric drive, will bring out further series-ready electrification solutions for existing commercial vehicles in the next two years. This will involve retrofitting kits for the “most common models in Europe”. Weiterlesen
MAN to focus on H2 trucks
The Volkswagen subsidiary MAN Truck & Bus intends to give greater priority to hydrogen in its electrification strategy in future, in addition to the development and manufacture of battery-powered commercial vehicles. The Munich-based company will be testing hydrogen-powered vehicle prototypes as early as next year. Weiterlesen
MAN now offers a range of charging solutions
MAN Transport Solutions is offering charging equipment to buyers of MAN’s electric trucks and buses with two strategic partners, Heliox and Schaltbau Refurbishment (SBRS). The offer includes markets in 28 European countries and covers a range of mobile chargers up to solutions for large fleets. Weiterlesen
MAN begins preparing European workshops for EVs
MAN Truck & Bus is preparing its European workshops for handling electric vehicles. The manufacturer is planning to equip a total of 110 service branches with the corresponding skills and tools by the end of 2020. A further 60 workshops are to follow by the end of 2021. Weiterlesen
MAN supplies four Lion Electric buses to Luxembourg
Voyages Ecker, a subsidiary of Voyages Emile Weber from Luxembourg, has taken delivery of the first four MAN Lion City Electric buses. The solo buses are pre-series models, which MAN sold to the Group under a partnership agreement concluded in 2017. Weiterlesen
VW moves e-Crafter production to Poland
After almost two years of cooperation with the Hanover plant, the Volkswagen plant at Września in Poland has now taken over the complete production of the e-Crafter electric delivery van. Alongside the MAN eTGE, the e-Crafter is the second electric model to be produced in Września. Weiterlesen
MAN Truck & Bus reveal articulated electric bus details
MAN Truck & Bus is now giving details of its MAN Lion’s City 18 E articulated electric bus. The manufacturer has just announced that sales of the new model already started and in Cologne and Barcelona, the articulated e-bus is now also being integrated into regular service. Weiterlesen
DPD expands UK delivery fleet by 100 MAN eTGE
The parcel delivery company DPD has ordered 100 MAN eTGE electric transporters, thereby expanding its electric vehicle fleet in Great Britain to 600 vehicles. The contract was signed by MAN before the official UK launch of the right-hand-drive model at the end of April at the commercial vehicle fair in Birmingham. Weiterlesen
MAN installs stationary battery in Hamburg
At the depot of the Hamburg-Holstein transport authority (VHH) in Hamburg Bergedorf, a stationary 500 kWh storage facility – fitted with discarded batteries – has been connected to the depot’s charging network. The aim is to optimise the power supply at the depot. Weiterlesen
Hamburg operator orders 17 electric MAN buses
In Germany, the Hamburg-Holstein Transport Authority (VHH) has ordered 17 MAN Lion’s City E buses. MAN Truck & Bus has thus won one of two lots put out to tender. For the manufacturer, it is the first major delivery of electric buses to customers within the framework of a tender. But the decision comes as […] Weiterlesen
MAN electric truck eTGM made in small series
MAN Truck & Bus is constructing a small series of the electric delivery truck eTGM. This follows real-life tests that have been running since autumn 2018 with nine Austrian companies in the Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL). Weiterlesen
VW & Hamburg extend mobility partnership
The three-year strategic mobility partnership between Volkswagen and the City of Hamburg concluded in August 2016 has been extended. The most important news within the framework of the extension is that the WeShare car-sharing service will expand to Hamburg from spring next year. Weiterlesen
MAN to show the eTGE electric minibus
For this year’s Busworld in Brussels, MAN has announced its first all-electric minibus, the eTGE Kombi. The commercial vehicle manufacturer will also be offering the all-electric 12-metre Lion’s City E bus for test drives at the fair. Weiterlesen
Swiss Post buying more electric vans
MAN has delivered eleven units of their eTGE to Swiss Post, which is deploying the electric transporters in Berne, Geneva and St. Gallen. Swiss Post intends to use up to 400 electric-powered delivery vans for parcel delivery by 2023. Weiterlesen
MAN delivers electric truck eTGM to nine customers
The utility vehicle manufacturer has completed production and handed over the first nine electric trucks of the eTGM line to member companies of the Austrian council for sustainable logistics (CNL) In the coming months, the XXL BEVs will be trialed in daily use. Weiterlesen
MAN, Coventry, TU Graz, AVL, Venice.
Eco heavyweights: MAN Truck & Bus is taking part in the EU project ECOCHAMPS, that wishes to develop hybrid technology for passenger and commercial vehicles. Out of the 26 partners, MAN is looking to build a hybrid bus for cities and hopes to lower cost through the standardisation of components. Its driveline will be compatible with different energy sources, be it a gas generator or fuel cell.
National Battery Prototyping Centre: Coventry is becoming a centre for alternative mobility as plans are revealed to build a competence centre for battery research there. The proposal is backed by politicians, scientists, and industry alike. While the centre would focus on research and development, it could ultimately lead to a large scale local battery production. Still, Coventry seeks money from the government to execute the plans but already got the (idealistic) backing of neighbouring Jaguar Land Rover, that says it wants to build both EVs and batteries in England. Funding decisions will only be made after the General Election.
Another competence centre has been completed in Graz, where the ‘AVL-TU Graz Transmission Center’ offers ample space to research gearbox systems. 750 square metres will see testing of all sorts of transmissions, from hybrid drives to power axles for electric vehicles. It is a unique coupling of corporate and academic forces from which both partners hope to benefit.
Cleaning the lagoon: Venice wants to electrify its water taxi fleet and a new hybrid drive from British REAP may help. It can be retrofitted and works with a carbon drive belt. It is not the first attempt to keep noise and exhaust levels low as Siemens already fully electrified a Venetian vessel with more to come.