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ABB E-mobility and MAN Truck & Bus have demonstrated a prototype of the Megawatt Charging System (MCS); a MAN eTruck was charged with more than 700 kW and 1,000 A at an MCS charging station from ABB E-mobility. (Earlier post.)

Especially in national and international long-distance transport or in loading and unloading situations, electric trucks and, in the future, electric coaches, will need a fast MCS booster during the legally prescribed driving time break. The new technology therefore complements existing solutions: Depot charging with lower charging capacities will continue to play a central role in the future.

With MCS, sustainable long-distance transport with trucks and buses will be possible in the near future. We have proven that today. Even if we are still showing a prototype here: With the new MCS standard, we have not only doubled the amperage but also the charging capacity within just a few years.

To achieve the energy transition in transport, we need solutions that are sustainable, reliable and economical. To achieve this, we need to think integratively and work together. Today's demonstration is also the result of close collaboration between MAN and ABB E-mobility and the entire industry.

—Michael Halbherr, CEO of ABB E-mobility


MCS charging station from ABB E-moblity and the new MAN eTruck.

The goal is 30,000 MCS charging points in Europe by 2030, around 4,000 of them in Germany. We put one of the first charging points into operation today. We don't have much time left to set it up. The electric trucks are available, megawatt charging is working. We now need clear signals from politicians, not least to build trust among our customers in favor of electrification. We now need to build and scale up the infrastructure quickly.

—Alexander Vlaskamp, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus

The new MCS megawatt charging standard is technically designed for charging capacities of up to 3.75 MW at 3,000 amperes (A). ABB E-mobility and MAN have demonstrated more than 700 kW charging power with prototype charging technology.

With the finalization of the MCS standard, charging capacities of more than one megawatt will be possible, resulting in a significant improvement in charging times.

By way of comparison, today’s charging stations with the CCS standard (Combined Charging System) can be used by cars and commercial vehicles and offer a maximum charging capacity of 400 kW at 500 A. The international standardization process for the Megawatt Charging System is expected to be completed this year. ABB E-mobility and MAN have contributed their expertise to the creation of the MCS standard in the international industry association CharIN.


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