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MAN rolling out battery repair centers in Europe

In 2024 and 2025, MAN Truck & Bus will establish battery repair centers in Italy, Denmark/Norway, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Poland and UK, with further countries in Europe being planned. Millions will be invested in these centers over the next two years.

Two battery repair centers are already in operation in Germany (Hanover-Laatzen site) and Spain (Barcelona). The roll-out of the battery repair hubs in Europe is necessary because the first units of the new MAN eTruck generation will be delivered to customers in 2024.

More than 1,000 battery-electric MAN city buses and more than 2,400 all-electric MAN vans are already on Europe’s roads. With the ramp-up of MAN eTruck production, the electric vehicle population will continue to increase significantly in the coming years. The Munich-based commercial vehicle manufacturer is preparing intensively for this within its service organization.


Battery repair is a necessity for MAN in order to ensure the economic efficiency and operational readiness of our customers’ electric vehicles at a high level. We also make a major contribution to the closed-loop approach of traction batteries, as this extends the battery life in the vehicle, which conserves important resources.

—Christopher Kunstmann, Senior Vice President Customer Service Management at MAN Truck & Bus

The first battery repair center and the associated build-up of expertise in the repair of batteries dates back to 2020. The first pilot repairs and process documentation were carried out for the battery of the MAN eTGE electric van, which was launched on the market in 2018. This was followed by the battery packs of the MAN eTGM distribution truck, which was launched in a small series in 2020, and the start of series production of the MAN Lion's City E electric city bus—also in 2020.

Repair steps were tested for all of these different batteries, employees were trained, repair instructions were created and workplace requirements were defined.

This knowledge, which was built up in the first MAN battery repair center in Hanover-Laatzen, is now being successively transferred to the other markets. The aim is to operate a battery repair hub in every market in which MAN is represented with battery-electric commercial vehicles. Short transport routes and highly trained technicians on site will ensure that the battery can be repaired quickly. This minimizes vehicle downtime.

MAN Truck & Bus’s primary objective is to utilize the battery in the vehicle for as long as possible. Since 2023, MAN has been leading the REVAMP project, a consortium of nine partners from industry and science. This three-year project aims to automate the process of assessing the condition of used vehicle batteries. This knowledge will be used to remanufacture batteries economically so that they can then be used in vehicles (second use) or for other purposes (second life). The REVAMP project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK).

In order to close the closed loop of valuable battery materials, MAN is already focusing on recycling and the return of recycled raw materials (recyclate) into new battery cells. The growing demand for battery cells for the electrification of the MAN portfolio will increase greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain unless dedicated measures are taken to counteract this. The use of secondary materials is one of the possible levers that need to be addressed in order to decarbonize the battery cell hotspot.

The prerequisite for the battery closed loop is that sufficient recycled material is available. To ensure that this is the case in the future, MAN is currently working with its parent company TRATON SE and the COE (Center of Excellence) at Volkswagen AG on concepts that will enable closed cycles. The aim here is to ensure that sufficient recyclate is available for new batteries in the future in order to meet the target values of the European Union’s new Battery Ordinance (BattVO).

In 2023, MAN Truck & Bus also became a partner of the Munich start-up network Circular Republic in order to move closer to the goal of the Battery Closed Loop. Circular Republic is part of UnternehmerTUM GmbH and has set itself the task of bringing established companies and start-ups together to implement and further develop innovations in the circular economy. In a first project under the leadership of Circular Republic, MAN is working together with other cooperation partners on the semi-automated dismantling of traction batteries and the recycling of cell modules.



The VW group which owns MAN are together with the heavy trucking start up Tesla the only ones going for a battery only solution to long distance heavy transport, as opposed to shorter distance and lighter loads, which everyone concurs is battery territory.

Here is an insight as to why the professionals outside those groups are going for other solutions:

So far the VW group's obsession with batteries as the solution, no matter the question, has taken them from level pegging with Toyota as the biggest manufacturers of cars to producing 2 million a year fewer, which is some shrikage.

There notions of battery only solutions for long distance heavy transport bring back recollections of their past ground-breaking 'solutions' such as 'green diesel'

Way to manage, VW!

Mind you, the MAN division of VW is pretty skint, and could not really finance development of hydrogen for long distance and batteries for shorter distances and lighter loads at the same time if the dictatorial management of VW allowed such heresy from the party line anyway.



Tesla and VW are on the right path with heavy, long distance freight.

Hydrogen is economically unviable in freight with the current 15 EUR/kg prices and there is no established development path to anything remotely competitive with electricity on the hydrogen roadmap.

With european driver regulations even the current 450 kW Ionity chargers could be viable but Tesla Megachargers will be perfect.

I don't see hydrogen having any chance in long distance freight whatsoever.



Freight costs are about depreciation and wages, not just fuel costs!
You simply extrapolate present prices of low volume hydrogen in California indefinitely into the future, universally.

Since they are currently in the process of building 1,200 new hydrogen stations in China alone it is clear that the future is not for present boutique levels of delivery, with consequent high costs.

Tesla Megachargers not only place strains on the degradation rate of batteries, whilst still having long charge times compared to hydrogen refills, but if several trucks were charging at once place a heckuva load on the local grid, likely requiring expensive upgrades to cope/diesel generator backup and so on.

Only Tesla who have zero hydrogen and fuel cell expertise available to them to offer if they wanted to and the VW group are dissenters from the professional consensus about hydrogen or possibly other fuels rather than batteries for long distance heavy freight.

And the management of the VAG group is to sensible management in the vehicle industry what Thelma and Louise are to safe driving! ;-)

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