Efficiency and Reliability: Commercial Vehicles

Global trade will continue to expand in the coming years, increasing the demand for transportation. This demand will be met by freight carriers, logistics service providers, and transportation operators. To do their job effectively, these companies require efficient and reliable vehicles — because reduced fuel consumption also means less CO2 emissions and lower operating costs.

Efficient transport solutions Since October 2012, a 25.25-meter-long MAN semitrailer combination has been shuttling between the MAN logistics centers in Dachau and Salzgitter, Germany, an almost 600-kilometer run. MAN is performing this trial in order to study the implications of longer vehicle combinations for traffic, costs, and the environment. This long truck offers approximately 40% more load space than conventional semitrailer rigs. This saves fuel, curbs CO2 emissions, and reduces traffic volumes.

Alternative drive technologies Biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, natural gas: new, low-CO2 technologies are continuing to gain ground in the transportation sector. With the International Energy Agency predicting that crude oil prices will have doubled by 2035, such technologies are necessary on cost grounds alone. MAN Latin America is researching three alternative drive technologies for its trucks: ethanol, natural gas, and hybrid technology.

Future logistics In its search for the transportation solutions of the future, MAN is also looking to improve efficiency through aerodynamic design. With the Concept S study and the AeroLiner trailer, MAN and KRONE have presented a tractor-semitrailer combination which is capable of reducing CO2 emissions by up to 25% while offering equal power output. In part, this is achieved by reducing aerodynamic drag to passenger car levels.

An innovative product: MAN Metropolis

MAN and its customers

Maik Gehrke - Fleet manager (photo)

"Our customers insist on low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Which is why our fleet includes 20 MAN TGX EfficientLine models. These vehicles are up to 10% more fuel-efficient than conventional models. Low unladen weight allows us to maximize our payload per journey. That also means time savings and fewer journeys!" Maik Gehrke - Fleet manager
Spedition Heinrich Gustke, Mecklenburg,
Vorpommern, Germany, Fleet size: 100 vehicles

"New fuel-saving technologies are enormously important for us. That’s why we equipped our fleet with MAN TeleMatics and gave our drivers special training. Their driving style is now more proactive, which has reduced fuel consumption. And we are working with MAN to make the system even better." Dennis Wirtz - Fleet manager
Spedition Hillert, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany,
Fleet size: 70 vehicles

Dennis Wirtz - Fleet manager (photo)

Martin Wagner - Managing Director (photo)

"We have a vested interest in innovations that improve efficiency. That’s why we work closely with MAN, adding our own input wherever possible. One example is the long-truck field trial. Here we have already established that where a conventional truck would need to make three trips, when fully loaded this 25-meter-plus truck can move the same amount of cargo in just two. That saves time, money, and CO2!" Martin Wagner - Managing Director
Große-Vehne Mersberg, North Rhine-Westphalia,
Germany, Fleet size: 80 vehicles