German premium car manufacturer Porsche is commissioning a fully electric MAN eTGM artic truck for delivering parts to its Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory. It is the first vehicle of its kind in Germany to be used for regular use.

From now on the zero-emission and almost noiseless 32-ton vehicle adds to the production logistics’ fleet at the time Porsche is preparing for the production of its first all-electric car. With the eTGM, MAN is setting another milestone on its eMobility roadmap, which projects a first small series of MAN eTGM from 2019.

Albrecht Reimold,Porsche Production and Logistics said: “With the integration of the eTruck into the production logistics, Porsche is taking another step on the way to the ‘Zero Impact Factory’.

The battery-electric truck is a TGM 18.360E 4×2 LL tractor, coupled to a tri-axle trailer and plated at 32 tonnes. Energy storage is provided by Li-ion batteries with a storage capacity of 149kWh which gives a range of 130 km.

Dr Manuel Marx, Head of Total Vehicle Development at MAN, said: “With the eTGM, electric commercial vehicles have taken a big step towards series maturity and can now reliably play on their strengths in day-to-day operations. The findings gained together with Porsche in regular plant logistics will then feed into a first small series, which we would like to offer in early 2019.”

In addition to noise reduction and CO2neutrality, the strengths of the electric vehicles include also lower wear and tear and maintenance – thanks to the recuperation by the electric drive, in other words energy recovery during braking, which means the eTruck delays without the use of mechanical brakes and accordingly without braking abrasion.

The electric truck is used in delivery traffic on the 19km long route between Freiberg and Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. In total, the use of the eTruck will eliminate more than 30,000kg of CO2per year. A charging station has been installed in Freiberg.