MAN Truck & Bus
With the vaccination mobile, MAN wants to make an important contribution to containing the Covid 19 pandemic, because the vehicle based on the all-electric MAN eTGE makes it possible to transport vaccine as well as medical personnel directly to people. Members of the main risk group of over-80s in particular often have limited mobility and therefore find it difficult to get to a vaccination center, especially if it is not located in their place of residence.
This is where MAN comes in with its innovative vehicle concept: In support of the decentralized national vaccination strategy, the eTGE vaccination mobile is specifically designed for decentralized vaccination missions with cool boxes for the vaccine, emergency equipment, and space for up to six people, such as medical personnel, who can administer the vaccinations on site. The innovative vaccination mobile was developed in collaboration with recognized experts from the healthcare sector.
As a first step, the vehicle will be used in the districts of Fürstenfeldbruck and Dachau of Bavaria. Medical personnel from MAN Truck & Bus's Munich site will also accompany and support the vaccination teams of the two district health care physicians as needed.
"We have always made an important contribution to society with our vehicles - they ensure that supermarket shelves are full, people can get to work by public transport, and rescue forces and fire departments can perform their important duties," emphasizes Andreas Tostmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of MAN Truck & Bus SE. "It is therefore a matter of course for us to also support the national vaccination strategy with an innovative vehicle concept." Tostmann sees possible targets for decentralized vaccination deployment as including old people's homes, care services, refugee shelters and also isolated areas with a long distance to the nearest vaccination center.
"Vaccination is the key to more normality. That's why I personally support the German government's drive to immunize as many people as possible as quickly as possible," Tostmann emphasizes. "MAN as a company is also aware of its importance in providing healthcare to the population. From the very beginning of the pandemic, our employees in the service operations and plants are doing their part under the highest safety precautions to keep the shelves full and people mobile." Tostmann continues, "We are convinced that our hygiene concepts at MAN offer our employees a very high level of protection. Keeping production going is extremely important because it allows for innovative ideas - like this vaccine mobile - and an ongoing economy creates the value a society needs to fund pandemic response."
Electric vaccination vehicle As a battery-electric vehicle, the eTGE is completely emission-free locally. The range of one battery charge is around 120 to 140 kilometers.
Raumwunder Der TGE bietet Platz für Kühlboxen für den Impfstoff, Notfallausrüstung und Platz für bis zu sechs Personen, beispielsweise medizinisches Personal.
Prepared for emergencies An emergency kit is provided for each use of the vaccination mobile.
Deployment In a first step, the vehicle will be operated in the Bavarian region in the districts of Fürstenfeldbruck and Dachau.
The company is therefore doing a great deal to ensure the safety of its colleagues: "We are and have always been stricter with our measures inside than outside MAN since the beginning of the pandemic," explains Dr. Oliver Breitkopf, head company physician at MAN Truck & Bus's Munich site. "The health service follows scientific developments very closely so that it can react quickly to innovations here and thus derive sensible measures. This includes, among other things, a testing concept in the event of corona infections among employees, in order to interrupt infection chains at an early stage." In addition, as many employees as possible work in home offices, and there is a protection level and safety concept according to which each workplace is assessed. Depending on the situation, there is then personal protective equipment or even a change in the workflow to create greater distances, for example.
The aim of the MAN vaccination mobile is to enable flexible vaccination where it is most urgently needed. In this way, a nationwide vaccination quota can be achieved as quickly as possible. The van's equipment was designed with this purpose in mind. As a battery-electric vehicle, the eTGE runs with zero local emissions. The range of a battery charge is around 120 to 140 kilometers in practice (115 kilometers according to WLTP). The eTGE can be fully recharged in just over five hours using a 7.2 kW AC wallbox. Alternatively, the use of alternating current (40 kW) and CCS plug enables fast charging to 80 percent charge level in just 45 minutes. In addition to the six seats for the medical escort personnel, the vehicle equipment includes cool boxes, an emergency kit, automatic sliding doors, air conditioning as well as stationary air conditioning and an automatic step.
What is special about this project is not only the vehicle, but also the rapid cooperation of recognized experts in their field. The result, following the MAN mobile corona virus diagnostic vehicle unveiled in October 2020, is another innovative, practical vehicle concept to help contain the corona pandemic.
"It stands without question for us to support the national vaccination strategy with an innovative vehicle concept."