International logistics service provider Duvenbeck has entered into a letter of intent with MAN Truck & Bus, outlining the acquisition of 120 MAN eTrucks by 2026.
The all-electric 40-tonne truck, known for its low fifth-wheel height (lowliner), will be utilized by Volkswagen Group Logistics as the first electric truck in its fleet starting from 2024. This initiative aligns with Volkswagen Group Logistics’ commitment to reducing CO2 emissions in land transport and promoting the transition to electric mobility within the freight industry.
In order to achieve zero-emission logistics, it is essential for companies and organizations to play a leading role. Duvenbeck, as a logistics service provider based in Bocholt, has demonstrated its commitment to this cause by signing the letter of intent with MAN Truck & Bus. The agreement outlines the operation of 120 MAN eTrucks by 2026, positioning Duvenbeck as one of the early adopters of the new MAN electric truck, scheduled to be available from 2024. These eTrucks include ultra semitrailer tractors with a low fifth-wheel height, enabling a spacious interior height of three meters in the trailer. Such features make these vehicles particularly suitable for automotive logistics.
“We are very pleased about the confidence of our long-standing partner Duvenbeck in our battery-electric trucks. On the one hand, the Zero Emission Vehicles reduce the direct CO2 footprint of our customers, but at the same time they also help to make the logistics of our customers’ customers more climate-friendly. The example of Volkswagen Group Logistics shows: Helping to shape the drive revolution in freight transport is the task of everyone involved,” says Friedrich Baumann, Executive Board Member for Sales and Customer Service at MAN Truck & Bus.
The MAN eTrucks are initially capable of being charged at a maximum power of 375 kW using the CCS 2 charging standard. MAN’s future plans include adopting megawatt charging technology, enabling charging capacities of up to one megawatt. These eTrucks are equipped with a quiet yet powerful permanently excited synchronous motor, delivering an output of 330 kW. The power is transmitted to the drive axle through a central motor-gearbox combination with four gears.
“We are pleased to be taking an important step towards further CO2 savings together with MAN and Volkswagen. In doing so, we are advancing our innovative technical capabilities and hope for a rapid expansion of the public charging infrastructure,” says Christian Schweckhorst, CEO Duvenbeck.
Volkswagen Group Logistics welcomed Duvenbeck’s commitment to incorporating the new eTrucks into various transport concepts within the Volkswagen Group. The eTruck plays a crucial role in the company’s strategy to decarbonize logistics and effectively reduce CO2 emissions from land transport.
“The goal of our goTOzero impact logistics strategy is sustainable logistics. To achieve this, we need innovative partners who, together with us, also lead the way by using new technologies,” says Simon Motter, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics.