Count an all-electric van as one of the MAN SE’s upcoming offerings this year. The well-known truck maker is joining the ranks of manufacturers offering a zero-emission solution to commercial customers with the electric version of its TGE van – the new MAN eTGE.
One may easily mistake the MAN eTGE as the Volkswagen e-Crafter. This isn't surprising since its diesel version -- the TGE – is essentially a twin of the VW Crafter. Thus, the MAN eTGE shares its DNA and basic architecture with the e-Crafter. However, compared to its e-Crafter twin, the eTGE is less powerful and offers lesser electric range. Nonetheless, MAN says the eTGE is just right for its target market, which already includes of Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Norway and the Netherlands. Customers could avail of this electric light commercial vehicle at a price of around €69,500.
The new MAN eTGE is powered by a permanently excited synchronous motor that could deliver 100 kW of output and 290 Nm of instant torque. Getting its juice from a rechargeable battery with a power capacity of 36 kWh, the electric motor allows the eTGE to go as fast as 90 km/h (56 mph). However, this energy capacity is just enough to allow the eTGE to go as far as 160 km (100 miles), which is mainly dependent on the load of this all-electric van. MAN eTGE has a permitted total weight of 3.5 or 4.25 tons as well as a maximum load of between 950 kg to 1,700 kg, depending on the configuration.
While both the MAN eTGE and the VW e-Crafter feature electric motors with same capacity, their batteries differ a lot. The rechargeable battery in the VW e-Crafter has a power capacity of 43 kWh, while the one inside the eTGE could only hold 36 kWh. This allows the e-Crafter to offer 40 km more range than the eTGE at 200 km. Nonetheless, MAN has an explanation for this. According to the truck company, around 70 percent of light commercial vehicles in urban areas travel an average distance of less than 100 km a day, on an average speed that is low. Thus, the theoretical range of the eTGE (up to 160 km) already covers around three-quarters of all urban-core transport.
As for charging time, customers could recharge the battery of the eTGE up to 80 percent of its capacity in around 45 minutes when using a 40-kWh charging station. When charging from a conventional socket, it takes around 5.5 hours to complete this charge. It takes around nine hours to get a full charge from a 220V AC. When properly maintain, the 36 kWh rechargeable battery only loses around 15 percent of its capacity after 10 years and around 2,000 charging cycles.
As standard, the MAN eTGE is equipped with a navigation system, heated windscreen and emergency brake assist (EBA), as well as other features.