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MAN receives eCarTec Award 2012 for particularly low-emission truck

Research vehicle MAN Metropolis honoured with Bavarian State Award for Electric Mobility.

The innovative MAN Metropolis research vehicle has been distinguished by being selected as the recipient of the eCarTec Award 2012. In the course of the 4th International Fair for Electric- and Hybrid-Mobility in Munich, Bavaria's State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, Katja Hassel, presented the Bavarian State Award for Electric Mobility to Bernd Maierhofer, Director of Research and Development at MAN Truck & Bus AG.

The MAN Metropolis is an innovative truck capable of dealing with heavy-duty transport tasks in cities, extremely quietly and without emissions. Using power from regenerative sources supplied by a normal socket, the MAN Metropolis drives and works without emitting any CO2. Its energy storage, a lithiumion battery in modular construction, is located beneath the cab, guaranteeing maximum space for the body, optimal weight distribution and the highest safety levels. A quiet and efficient diesel engine from the Volkswagen Group generates onboard power as needed and functions as a range extender for the heavy-duty truck. The end of this year will see the MAN Metropolis starting a two-year field test as a refuse collection vehicle.

From a field of over 70 contenders, an illustrious panel of judges selected the winners of the eCarTec Award 2012 in a total of eight categories. The MAN Metropolis was honoured in the category "Electric vehicles: commercial vehicles".

Happy award winners: Bernd Maierhofer (left), Member of the Executive Board Research & Development MAN Truck & Bus AG, and Heiko Vieweg, CEO Benteler Engineering Services BV.