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MAN and CNL begin evaluating electric trucks

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, MAN Truck & Bus, has announced its plans to deliver electric trucks to nine partnerships it maintains under the Austrian Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL).

Based on MAN TGMs, the test vehicles have been specifically designed for each customer as they embark on an intensive practical testing schedule likely to last several months.

The vehicles will be evaluated during regular logistics operations, an approach MAN has taken to ensure it replicates the best practical experience on board its trucks to help it develop sustainable logistics solutions.

Data and driver experience gathered from the companies partnering with CNL will be incorporated into the future mass development of its electric trucks.

Joachim Drees, Chairman Executive Board Man Truck & Bus AG, and fellow board member Ulrich Dilling, who are responsible for production and logistics, handed over the first electric trucks, a MAN eTGM, at the Steyr production site where practical tests will commence for CNL member companies Gebrüder Weiss, HOFER, Magna Steyr, METRO, Quehenberger Logistics, REWE, Schachinger Logistik, SPAR and Stieglbrauerei.

It represents another step towards the company’s ambition of zero-emissions and improved noise reductions.

Drees during the handover ceremony said the time had come for MAN to deliver the first electric trucks on the road for its customers.

“From now on, they deliver, for example, drinks, food, or vehicle parts ¬– local emissions free and almost silent.”

“The handover of the first eTrucks is not only a special moment for the co-operation project with the CNL, but also for the 260-year company history of MAN.”

CNL Creator and Spokesman Max Schachinger said the era of the fossil age had ended and suggested the future of sustainable mobility had now begun.

“We know and experience directly the development of climate and environment and we want all the more livable cities. Beyond the steps of each individual, we connect to an even greater whole and put the first E-trucks together with MAN in action,” he said.

The $4.8 million program is supported as part of the Austrian Federal Government’s Climate and Energy Fund.

Eighteen of Austria’s largest retail, logistics and manufacturing firms have formed a united front to create a path towards sustainable logistics.

The CNL is affiliated with the Centre for Global Change and Sustainability at Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences.

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