MAN Truck & Bus

Zero Emission

The MAN eTrucks on the road

Our road to zero-emission mobility

As a commercial vehicle manufacturer, MAN believes it has a special responsibility to protect the climate with all the powers at its disposal. In 2023, more than 96 per cent of our greenhouse gas emissions were generated by the use of our vehicles. We can therefore only meet climate and fleet targets with local zero-emission vehicles.

Battery electric vehicles are the deciding factor for us on our road towards zero-emission commercial vehicle mobility. Alongside these, hydrogen-powered vehicles could also play a role, and MAN is working on those too. Our aim is clear: by 2030, one in every two trucks will be equipped with zero-emission power units. As early as 2025, half of our new city buses will use electric means of propulsion. By 2030, we predict that 90 per cent of our total bus sales will be delivered with zero-emission power units.

However, the lack of charging infrastructure is still an obstacle to the wider adoption of battery electric vehicles. That’s why we are working with other manufacturers on solutions that can be implemented rapidly. We are also seeking dialogue with politicians to drive the issue forward for society as a whole.

Our strategy

MAN’s corporate strategy concentrates on future technologies and consistently directs the company’s activities according to the principle of sustainability. We regard it as our job to sustainably bring economy and ecology into harmony – it’s a challenge for all of society and we want to do our part. To ensure that our efforts are committed and verifiable, we joined the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in 2021.

From the diesel engine to e-power

At the end of the day, diesel engines must be replaced as soon as possible by more climate-friendly drive options. When it comes to zero-emission technologies, we have a clear focus on electromobility. We have concentrated our development activities in this area and are investing in new production facilities.

Alongside this, however, we are also working on hydrogen-based propulsion systems that can complement battery electric drive technologies: combustion engines and fuel cells. Hydrogen-powered vehicles could, for example, offer a solution for very remote areas. Special applications such as the transportation of heavy loads by road could also represent potential applications due to their high demands on performance and tank capacity.

96 per cent

of our greenhouse gas emissions can be traced back to the MAN fleet.

50 per cent

of all newly registered MAN trucks in Europe are set to be battery driven by 2030.

90 per cent

of our total bus sales will be delivered with zero-emission power units by 2030.

Our technologies

Our focus is on battery electric commercial vehicles – trucks, vans and buses. That’s why we have been working with our partner brands within the TRATON Group on projects such as new platforms for the electric models of the future.

Daily ranges of up to 1,000 kilometres

The battery itself is crucial. We anticipate significant advances here – with daily ranges of up to 1,000 km and charging times of well under an hour in the next few years. To ensure that we are at the forefront of technical developments, we are electrifying our combustion engine production site in Nuremberg, a traditional plant with a 180-year history, and making it the home of high-voltage battery mass production for our electric vehicles. To achieve this, we are investing almost 100 million euros over the next five years, securing some 350 jobs in this future technology. By the beginning of 2025, up to 100,000 battery packs will be rolling off the production lines in Nuremberg each year.

1,000 km daily range

and charging times of well under an hour are expected in the next few years.

100 million euros

That’s how much we are investing in battery production over the next five years, securing some 350 jobs in this future technology.


batteries will be rolling off the production lines in Nuremberg each year by early 2025.

Hydrogen for commercial vehicles

MAN regards hydrogen combustion and hydrogen fuel cell engines as a complement to our purely battery electric drive systems. MAN is currently working with industry partners Bosch, Forvia and ZF on the “Bavarian Fleet” (Bayernflotte) project to develop a fuel cell truck, due to be trialled with five customers. The state of Bavaria is backing the “Bavarian Fleet” research project to the tune of around 8.5 million euros.

Hydrogen combustion engines could be the ideal complement to battery electric or fuel cell drive systems for special applications. That’s why MAN is continuing to develop these technologies for the transport of heavy goods – for instance on building sites, for tanker transport or timber haulage. As the basis for our hydrogen combustion engines, we are using our company’s own engine technology, proven over many decades.

MAN is currently working on a small production run of the hTGX, powered by a hydrogen combustion engine. It is based on our TG range of vehicles, guaranteeing high performance, reliable quality and ease of maintenance. The vehicles are due to be delivered to customers in Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates from 2025.

In the longer term, MAN sees further applications for hydrogen combustion engines primarily in the MAN Engines product ranges, as drive units for ships, heavy agricultural and construction machinery, electricity generators and combined heat and power plants.

Our products

Since 2020, we have delivered our Lion’s City E battery electric-powered city buses in a variety of length options to customers throughout Europe. We now have more than 1000 on the roads. Under realistic conditions, they can cover 550 km on a single battery charge. As early as 2025, half of our new buses will use alternative means of propulsion.

We are currently working on electrifying our range of coaches. In 2025, we will be launching an eCoach with the “Early Fleet” to enable us to gather initial experiences with our customers.

The new MAN eTruck will enter service with the first few customers from 2024. With daily ranges of 600 to 800 kilometres, later set to rise to 1000 kilometres, it is absolutely perfect for long-distance transport. It is ready for the forthcoming megawatt charging system (MCS), so the electric Lions have high-performance charging and short charging times. Our customers will benefit from extremely low operating costs and superb energy economy – making battery electric vehicles the most suitable technology for more climate-friendly commercial vehicle fleets in the future.

Given the variety of applications and possible body designs, the MAN eTruck is not inferior to current diesel trucks in any way: CO2-free transport of refrigerated foodstuffs is just as easy as quiet and zero-emission refuse collection in the city centre or fully electric transport of materials to a building site.

Our commitment

We are just at the start of our common path towards a zero-emission future, and we are doing all we can to accelerate this transformation.

Nevertheless, high acquisition costs and the lack of a comprehensive charging infrastructure on major routes are currently still an obstacle. To speed up the rapid spread of alternative propulsion systems, we need a suitable political framework and investments in the refuelling and charging infrastructure. The transition will only be a success if either the costs of use are lower than for other drive options – trucks and buses are investment goods and companies need them to be profitable – or legal frameworks, such as extended delivery windows or preferential access, provide the stimulus for the switch.

That’s why we are seeking dialogue with politicians, so that we can work together to achieve the rapid transformation of the mobility sector. However, we are also making progress as the commercial vehicle industry: MAN Truck & Bus is part of the TRATON GROUP, which has founded the Milence joint venture, working together with Volvo Trucks and Daimler Truck over the next five years to build and operate around 1,700 high-performance charging points throughout Europe.