Building sites around Germany could soon be welcoming an MAN eTGM truck.

The German operator STARK Deutschland has recently put one of the electric vehicles into operation.

Specifically, the eTGM will be tasked with delivering materials to sites in and around Frankfurt and Darmstadt.

The truck will be trialled by the operator and Fulda University of Applied Sciences.

Therefore, it will offer a real-life look at how all-electric trucks can operate in the construction environment.

Furthermore, it will demonstrate how the truck works on building sites with an electric forlift.

As a result, the trial is expected to demonstrate some interesting results and feedback for other operators. 

MAN’s Nils Heine said the use of the MAN eTGM within construction was a “necessary” step. 

“I’m very pleased that we were able to convince STARK of the performance of our electric truck,” he said. 

“We are firmly convinced that electric mobility is the key technology for the transport sector.” 

Continuing, Heine said that it would “succeed ecologically and economically”.

Meanwhile, 55kW chargers have been set up at the Frankfurt am Main and Darmstadt branches of Raab Karcher, a brand of STARK Germany. 

As a result, the eTGM will start and end its tours there. 

As part of the practical test, data will be collected in the coming months to investigate the potential of eTrucks in delivery traffic.

The starting signal for the project was marked when a 26-tonne MAN eTGM was commissioned last November. 

However, Michael Knüppel, CEO, STARK Germany, said the wheels were in motion before that.

“In March 2021, we committed to the 1.5°C target of the Paris Climate Agreement,” he explained.

“With the acquisition of the eTruck, we are now striving towards this goal even more strongly in Germany together with the University of Fulda.”