Intelligent mobility day at ZalaZONE

Automotive

Photo by MAN Truck and Bus Kft.

MAN Truck & Bus and Porsche Hungaria organized an intelligent transport event on the ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground in Zalaegerszeg for dealers and industry partners. 

The new MAN Lion City E electric bus could be tested by guests at the ZalaZONE test track. Photo by MAN Truck and Bus Kft.

MAN Truck & Bus and Porsche Hungaria presented mobility solutions for now and the future at the IN-MOBILITY intelligent mobility day at the ZalaZONE test track on September 10, with participants able to test a number of electricvehilces. 

The event was ran alongside an industry-related conference and also featured a number of short presentations. The main patron of the event, and one of the speakers during the day, was Minister for Innovation and Technology László Palkovics. 

Martin Strier, managing director of MAN Kft., welcomed the 200 guests and officially opened the event, before Palkovics spoke about a joint announcement with the military company Rheinmetall, presented some minutes before the opening, under which the company will establish a military vehicle manufacturing site in Hungary to build its Lynx armored infantry fighting vehicle as part of a HUF 60 billion investment.  

The factory, due to open in 2023, will cover an area of 20 acres and provide employment for 500 people in manufacturing and testing.

The minister also spoke about changes to the support system for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The HUF 5.8 billion support program effectively would help to reduce the local environmental impact and the government has planned more such programs in the future.

Challenges

“We face several challenges, sustainability, zero emissions, development of renewable fuels, and maintaining competitiveness motivates us all,” Palkovics said.

Gusztáv Gulyás, an engineer from Audi Hungaria spoke about how the automotive industry is looking for answers to a number of questions, and mentioned components designed and manufactured at Audi’s Győr factory, which he said are at the forefront of the world.

János Eppel, managing director of Porsche Hungaria, presented the short- and long-term strategy of the Volkswagen group. The German company is preparing for a serious, coordinated model offensive in the near future, he said.

Stefan Sahlmann, vice president and director of MAN Transport Solutions, from the company’s headquarters in Munich, and Isabel Jeschek, bus project leader of MAN eMobilty, spoke about alternative transport solutions. The group has been preparing for a pilot project in Hungary, together with VT-Arriva Passenger Transport and Services Kft. As part of this, electric buses would be operated in various parts of the capital in the near future.

Following presentations from Attila Rajnai, of BM Heros Zrt., and Szabolcs Balogh, from MVM Group, test drives began at the ZalaZONE track.

From the MAN range, participants could try out the new Lion electric city bus, the eTGM distribution truck, the eTGE van and the new TGX semi-trailer, as well as the TGE bus built by BM Heros and the Ferencvárosi Torna Club Lion’s Coach bus.

Volkswagen also presented a wide range of products, including the first public outing of its new electric car, the ID.3.

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