MAN Truck & Bus
Another year has passed already – and once again, it was not an easy one: no sooner did the coronavirus pandemic seem to be under control than the next crisis – and challenge – came knocking on the door with the war in Ukraine. However, despite the circumstances, MAN achieved a great deal in 2022, launching fantastic products, implementing innovative projects and developing forward-looking strategies. But first things first!
Driving into the new year 2022 was a challenging year. However, with many new products such as the eTruck or the Lion’s City 10 E, MAN is heading dynamically and reliably into the new year. See all the highlights in the video!
February saw the launch of a key product for MAN’s zero emissions strategy: the MAN eTruck. MAN presented a close-to-production prototype for the first time in Nuremberg, with the Bavarian state premier Dr Markus Söder and his minister for the economy, Hubert Aiwanger, in attendance. A few weeks later, transport minister Dr Volker Wissing was able to take the first drive in Berlin. MAN Truck & Bus is accelerating its transition to zero-emission commercial vehicles: production is due to start in 2024.
The war in Ukraine began on 24 February. Difficulties with wiring loom deliveries meant that the production lines were at a standstill for part of March. Production began again in April, with the strong team at MAN going full steam ahead.
May was all about the grand tour: the fully electric MAN Lion’s City 12 E drove some 2,500 kilometres from Munich to Limerick in Ireland, earning it the title of Bus of the Year 2023. Furthermore, MAN is working with ABB E-mobility on the megawatt chargers of the future, sparking the next stage of electromobility. The ANITA automation project is also driving ahead with partners Deutsche Bahn, Hochschule Fresenius and Götting KG.
One of the stars of the year The MAN eTruck was launched at the start of 2022, with production due to start in 2024. Daily range: 600 to 800 kilometres.
A colourful hubbub at IAA MAN had plenty of new things to show at IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover: as well as premiering several new vehicles, MAN also presented a variety of forward-looking digital services for its customers.
The future starts now Since this year, the MAN plant in Nuremberg has been producing battery packs for trucks and buses. The entire MAN team is just as pleased as Bavarian state premier Markus Söder (3rd left).
The family is complete With the fully electric Lion’s City 10 E midibus, MAN showed off the little brother of the Lion’s City 12 E and 18 E at the eMobility Experience Days in Munich in October. Welcome to the club!
MAN meets the NFL In November, the professional NFL players from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks played the first ever NFL game in Germany. As the official supplier, MAN drove the stars through Munich in Lion’s coaches.
In June, MAN decided to base high-volume battery production for electric trucks and buses in Nuremberg. The company also celebrated the one-year anniversary of the eMobility Center in Munich. The expansion of the Krakow plant to increase truck production also continued apace.
Two more highlights followed in September and October: a whole range of new vehicles and digital services were presented at IAA in Hanover, while the MAN eMobility Experience Days in Munich enabled customers and journalists to drive the almost production-ready eTruck for the first time. On top of that, the new MAN Lion’s City 10 E midibus celebrated its world premiere before an industry audience.
The grand finale of a fast-paced year was delivered by the professionals of the National Football League (NFL). They travelled in MAN buses in Munich and staged their German premiere on 13 November. Some 70,000 fans at the Allianz Arena watched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-16. A total of seven MAN Lion’s Coaches were made available to the two teams during their stay.
What an exciting and productive year – bring on 2023!