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MAN Truck & Bus starts large-scale production of batteries for electric trucks and buses at the Nuremberg site

From 2025, MAN Truck & Bus will manufacture high-voltage batteries for electric trucks and buses on a large scale at its site in Nuremberg. For this, the company will invest around 100 million euros over the next five years in its combustion engine production site.

Production capacities will be expanded to more than 100,000 batteries per year. Investments in the development of battery production will secure 350 jobs; the investment decision was taken in close cooperation between the company and employee representatives and with the active support of Bavarian politicians. The decision gives the traditional Nuremberg location a clear outlook for the future.

Initially, the batteries will be manufactured manually at the MAN plant in Nuremberg in small series for around two and a half years. The construction of large-scale production is scheduled to start in mid-2023 and be completed by the end of 2024. MAN is thus laying the foundation for the large-scale industrialization of electric drive systems for trucks and buses.

The commercial vehicle manufacturer receives support from the Bavarian state government, which has pledged a contribution of around 30 million euros to funding energy research and technology for the period 2023 to 2027, provided that the requirements financial and budgetary requirements are met.

These funds will be used to conduct research on battery assembly, cell chemistry and development, battery safety, and ultimately battery recycling to ensure the sustainability of the mode of propulsion.

We are now starting to industrialise electromobility and continuing our journey towards climate-neutral mobility in commercial vehicles. This is a game-changing location and investment decision for the next few decades. At the same time, it is part of MAN’s transformation into a provider of sustainable transport solutions. This now paves the way for a “made in Bavaria” commercial vehicle e-cluster, consisting of electric truck production at MAN in Munich, battery production in Nuremberg, research and development at both locations and excellent cooperation with the respective colleges, universities and institutes.

—Alexander Vlaskamp, ​​CEO of MAN Truck & Bus SE


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High: The batteries of the MAN Lion’s City E are long and flat and mounted on the roof. Bottom: MAN eTruck battery.


Depending on the range, an electric truck requires up to six battery packs. This will initially give MAN’s electric trucks a range of 600 to 800 kilometres. In the next generation of battery technology, ranges of up to 1,000 kilometers are expected from around 2026. This will finally make the electric truck suitable for long-distance transportation.

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The MAN eTruck comes on the market from 2024 from series production.


By the middle of the current decade, the total cost of ownership of an electric truck and a diesel truck will be at the same level. MAN therefore expects customer demand for electric vehicles to increase significantly by then at the latest, provided that the appropriate charging infrastructure is in place.

The production of heavy-duty electric trucks will start at MAN in Munich at the beginning of 2024. The manufacturer has already put a small series on the road in 2019. MAN has also been offering fully electric city buses and vans on the market for some time.

With a history dating back around 180 years, the Nuremberg plant is one of MAN’s roots. Trucks or components have been produced in Nuremberg for over a hundred years. Today, the site with its approximately 3,600 employees is responsible for the development, production and external sales of all MAN diesel and gas engines.