ABB E-mobility has signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with MAN Truck & Bus, a European commercial vehicle manufacturer, according to a recent announcement made at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2024) in Las Vegas. The companies plan to work together on e-mobility R&D and consumer logistics.
The importance of cross-industry cooperation for the entire sector is particularly evident for the megawatt charging system (MCS). Challenges include the ISO15118-20 communication standard and new ways of transmitting signals. The basis for MCS is Ethernet communication, which is being used for the first time in electro-mobility.
Early software and interoperability tests with vehicles and charging stations should help establish reliable products as quickly as possible in an emerging market environment. This is why the cooperation, currently scheduled to run for three years, is focusing on the customer experience right from the start — in addition to the internal development and further development of charging stations, vehicles, and software.
“High charging performance, reliable technology and customer confidence — these are the prerequisites for the success of electro-mobility in heavy goods and long-distance passenger transport,” said Floris van de Klashorst, senior VP of Products & Hardware Platforms with ABB E-mobility. “That’s why we want to jointly develop a concept for the interaction of MCS and CCS that addresses issues such as space, energy supply, and grid expansion. By 2025, we want to bring a product to the market that meets the requirements of logistics.”
ABB E-mobility is a partner for the world’s biggest EV OEMs and nationwide EV charging network operators. It offers one of the broadest portfolios of EV charging solutions from smart chargers for the home to high-power chargers for the highway stations of the future, solutions for the electrification of fleets and charging for electric buses and trucks.
An electric drive is already an integral part of the standard range of MAN buses and MAN vans, and a comprehensive portfolio of series-produced electric trucks has been available since October 2023.
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