MAN announces its Zero-Emission Roadmap

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MAN Truck & Bus already offers series production of the MAN Lion’s City E and eTGE minibus in Europe, but apart from the rapid development of battery technology, MAN believes hydrogen (H2) is a good complementary option as an alternative fuel for long-distance transport. As such, MAN Truck & Bus is now presenting its Research and Development roadmap. Prototype vehicles are to be built as early as next year in line with the ongoing development projects. MAN is testing both the use of a fuel cell and an H2 combustion engine.

MAN showed an eTGE minibus at Busworld 2019 in Brussels. RICHARD SHARMAN

MAN says that the advantages are obvious: On the one hand, it is very environmentally friendly. When in use, fuel cells do not cause any climate-damaging emissions, as they only emit water vapour. On the other hand, thanks to the onboard power generation, their range of approximately 800 km is large enough for long-distance truck transport with a high payload.

The hydrogen combustion engine offers a more readily available and robust solution thanks to the well-known basic technology and could thus serve as a bridging technology.

Practical trials in cooperation with selected customers are planned for 2023/24. The aim is to test the entire hydrogen ecosystem in transport logistics. As part of a so-called Bavarian fleet, MAN would like to test hydrogen for use in long-distance road freight transport in a consortium project together with Bavarian infrastructure operators and freight forwarding partners. Initial talks on this are already underway with the Bavarian state government. Cooperation with universities is also planned.

“We take our responsibility towards the environment and society very seriously, so MAN Truck & Bus is using a lot of energy for the development of alternative drive systems,” emphasises Dr. Frederik Zohm, Executive Board

Member for Research & Development at MAN Truck & Bus. “Hydrogen can be an interesting solution here, but the infrastructure needs to be significantly expanded. We are happy to make our contribution by developing the right vehicles – as we demonstrate with our roadmap.”

New Hydrogen engines are under development. MAN