MAN Truck & Bus has outlined its zero-emission roadmap, which includes the introduction of hydrogen-powered vehicles alongside fully electric models.
The manufacturer already offers series production of the MAN Lion's City E and eTGE as well as the eTGM electric distribution truck.
Its all-electric truck of the new truck generation will hit the road from 2023.
Apart from the rapid development of battery technology, MAN says hydrogen is a good complementary option as an alternative fuel for long-distance transport.
Prototype hydrogen vehicles are planned to be built as early as next year, in line with the brand’s currently ongoing development projects. MAN is testing both the use of a fuel cell and a hydrogen combustion engine.
"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 and development at MAN Truck & Bus.
"Hydrogen can be an interesting solution here, but then infrastructure needs to be significantly expanded. We are happy to make our contribution by developing the right vehicles - as we demonstrate with our roadmap.”
Outlining the advantages of hydrogen fuel cells, MAN said the fuel is very environmentally friendly. When in use, hydrogen fuel cells do not cause any climate-damaging emissions, as they only emit water vapour. It also enables a suitable range for long-distance truck transport with a high payload.
The hydrogen combustion engine, on the other hand, offers a more readily available and robust solution thanks to the well-known basic technology and could 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.