MAN Truck & Bus is about to establish large-scale production of batteries for electric trucks and buses at its Nuremberg site (Germany). From the beginning of 2025, MAN states it will manufacture there high-voltage batteries for electric trucks and buses in large-scale production. To this end, the company will invest around 100 million euros over the next five years at this production site were MAN builds combustion engines.
MAN expects that he production capacity will be expanded to over 100,000 batteries per year. The investments in the development of battery production will secure 350 jobs. The decision gives Nuremberg's traditional location a clear perspective for the future. Initially, the batteries will be manufactured manually in a small series production for about two and a half years. Construction of large-scale production is scheduled to start in mid-2023 and to be completed by the end of 2024. MAN is receiving support from the Bavarian State Government. The contribution will be around
30 million euros for the period 2023 to 2027, provided, according to MAN, that the funding and budgetary requirements are met. These funds will MAN be using to conduct research in battery assembly, cell chemistry and development, battery safety, and ultimately battery recycling. Alexander Vlaskamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of MAN Truck & Bus SE, says: "It is a groundbreaking location and investment decision for the next decades. At the same time, it is part of MAN's transformation into a provider of sustainable transport solutions.”
The Nuremberg plant looks back on a long tradition. With a history dating back around 180 years, it is one of MAN's roots. Trucks or components have been manufactured in Nuremberg for over a hundred years. Today, for example, the site with its approximately 3,600 employees is responsible for the development, production, and external sales of all MAN diesel and gas engines. With its "electrification", a new chapter is now beginning for the Nuremberg production and development site, and remarkable, I the press release it states that “with the start of battery production, MAN Truck & Bus is strengthening its position in the TRATON GROUP as a competence partner for electromobility”.