MAN launches mobile coronavirus test vehicle

MAN launches mobile coronavirus test vehicle

MAN Truck & Bus has developed a unique, innovative diagnostic vehicle, which can deliver polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test results in under one hour.

The rolling laboratory is based on the MAN TGE van. With a capability of more than 500 tests per vehicle and day, the rolling laboratory is perfectly suited to carrying out tests directly on-site if a potential infection is suspected in retirement homes, schools, companies or other institutions. With the help of the MAN Coronavirus diagnostic vehicle, chains of infection can thus be interrupted in a targeted manner.

The TGE is equipped with Vivalytic PCR test equipment from Bosch, which ensures that test results are available within 39 minutes. These PCR test devices are currently among the fastest approved devices on the market. The entire process –including smear, sample preparation and testing – takes less than an hour. The vehicles are fitted with a MAN TeleMatics box to enable internet access. This means that a report can be sent directly from the MAN van to the responsible health authorities, departments or to the person tested.

Two different vehicle designs are available: one with a standard wheelbase and 3.5 t gross combination weight and one with a long wheelbase and 5.5 t gross combination weight. The MAN coronavirus test vehicle is powered by a 2.0 l turbo diesel engine, which generates 132 kW (177 hp). It can be optionally provided with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The standard fittings include hygienic surfaces, automatic sliding doors, air-conditioning system and an auxiliary air-conditioning system as well as an automatic step. As optional extras, the vehicle can be equipped with up to two washbasins (for the test and swab room), a computer workstation with a 220 V connection and a refrigerator.

Other equipment options include a closed awning, secured on three sides with a tent tarpaulin, to carry out swab tests; a special signal system, LED emergency light and radio equipment pre-installed; and a 400-litre swivel and rollable waste box, with a 43 kg payload, mounted to the trailer coupling.

The new MAN coronavirus test vehicle can be used throughout Europe and is now available to order. The first two test vehicles were completed in October 2020.

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