MAN reveals innovative urban delivery concept

MAN Truck and Bus has revealed a 15-tonne delivery vehicle designed for urban last-mile delivery work.

The CitE is described by MAN Truck and Bus Chairman Joachim Drees as “our answer to transporting goods in the cities.”

MAN says The CitE, which has a lithium-ion battery pack designed and integrated into the chassis frame of the truck, would offer an operational range of 100 kilometres (62 miles) on a full charge. Its ergonomic cab offers wider doors than a standard MAN truck, a walk-through cab and the lowest entry step height in its class, designed to accommodate urban drivers who would move in and out of it up to 30 times a day.

The cabin of the truck is also designed with urban deliveries in mind, featuring items such as a built-in clipboard for delivery sheets, a docking station for tablets, a work surface for the driver and multiple USB sockets, along with an integrated fridge for the driver’s lunch and drinks.

The design features also include a heated steering wheel, fully digital dashboard display and 360-degree cameras that allow the driver full visibility of the sides and rear of the truck.

“Our industry is on the brink of change,” added Drees. “Let me make one thing very clear. As a commercial vehicle manufacturer we are not part of the problem, we are part of the solution.”