Volkswagen’s MAN Launches New Electric Van

APR 10 2018 BY MARK KANE 28

MAN Truck & Bus (part of the Volkswagen Group) announced MAN eTGE electric vans that will hit the market in July starting from €69,500 ($86,200).

Volkswagen e-Crafter

The specification of the eTGE is close to the same as the Volkswagen e-Crafter, which will be available soon.

With a 36 kWh battery and 160 km (100 miles) of range, it doesn’t seem a solid value proposition but MAN says that 70% of urban deliveries are below 100 km (62 miles) a day.

At first, sales will begin in Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Norway and the Netherlands.

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 MAN eTGE specs:

  • up to 160 km (100 miles)
  • 36 kWh battery
  • 80% recharge in 45 minutes (DC CCS Combo) or 5.5 hour AC
  • 100 kW electric motor
  • 90 km/h (56 mph) top speed

Press blast:

MAN eTGE – Zero Emissions for Customers

MAN eTGE to be mass-produced from July onwards // MAN eTGE for use in urban areas

MAN is now selling a fully electric van, another step forwards in the direction of zero-emission metropolitan areas. The MAN eTGE will meet the demand for future distribution and freight transport in urban areas with its electric motor. Providing a range of up to 160 kilometres and a payload of 950 to 1,700 kilo-grams, the electric MAN TGE is ideally equipped for these tasks, depending on the type approval (3.5 or 4.25 tonnes).

For around ten years, MAN Truck & Bus has been working on inno-vative concepts for supplying and removing material in the urban environment. Cities increasingly find themselves faced with the challenge of reconciling a healthy climate and their inhabitants’ quality-of-life demands with the transport of goods and deliveries in central urban areas. This problem involves developing ideas for re-ducing traffic at specific times and relocating it out of the city alto-gether, new approaches to the use of land, plus new transport and drive concepts. In view of this situation, MAN Truck & Bus has put forward a wide variety of ideas and studies from the truck and bus sectors in recent years. Advancing these ideas consistently, the sales of MAN’s first fully electric-powered production vehicle are now underway with the eTGE.

Around 70 percent of light commercial vehicles used in urban areas travel fewer than 100 kilometres per day on average. The average speed reached during this is low. With this in mind, the vehicle’s theoretical range of up to 160 kilometres covers about three-quarters of all urban-core transport. Sooner or later, as with mobile phones, it will be completely normal to plug a fully electric vehicle in to charge for the coming day – usually overnight.

Charging times vary. A 40 kW charging station fills a battery up to 80 percent in 45 minutes. The MAN eTGE can be restored to full opera-tional capacity after just under five and a half hours on an alternat-ing current wallbox. Approximately nine hours are needed for a full charge with 220V AC. With the relevant battery maintenance, the 36 kWh rechargeable battery only loses around 15 percent of its ca-pacity after ten years and around 2,000 charging cycles. Especially since individual modules of six or twelve cells can be replaced sepa-rately. The modules are located under the slightly higher load floor, as used for rear-wheel drive body versions with diesel engines.

The choice made for the electric front-wheel drive TGE was a per-manently excited synchronous motor with 100 kW maximum availa-ble power. It has 290 Nm of torque at its immediate disposal, which can also be used over the entire speed range, ensuring highly agile handling. Combined with the maximum speed of 90 km/h, this re-sults in fuel consumption of around 20 kWh per 100 kilometres.

In addition to the carrying capacity, the assistance systems have al-so remained unaffected by the electric technology. The eTGE comes with a comprehensive range of built-in standard equipment, includ-ing a navigation system, heated windscreen and other features that help to make driving easier and safer. Naturally, as with all TGEs, the emergency brake assist (EBA) continues to be installed as standard.

In the initial phase of the roll-out, the MAN eTGE can be ordered with the standard wheelbase and high roof. The product line is pri-marily aimed at fleet customers with a tailored service concept to tend to their needs. Initial customer enquiries and signed sales con-tracts have already been made for the MAN eTGE, which costs around €69,500. The first electric-powered vans from MAN are to be used for the first time in metropolitan areas of Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Norway and the Netherlands.

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28 Comments on "Volkswagen’s MAN Launches New Electric Van"

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Wow! What a deal! Way to go VW! /s

Will somebody please build us a PHEV or EREV van?!

Electric for 40 miles is fine. Place the battery packs between the frame rails. With a turbo diesel range extender the new markets for these will expand like crazy.

Longer range capability for the RV market and service companies needing much more than a limiting 70 realistic miles before plugging in for hours.

Well, Workhorse is trying… I expect the W-15 will have a van version. They already have stepvans they sold to a couple of fleets.

A full-size van with only 36kWh battery, 56 mph top speed, for $86k. They REALLY DON’T want to sell any of these, do they?

No, they don’t, because regular gas version starts from 27.5k Eur.

That’s still 36kWh more battery capacity, 160km more range and 56 mph higher top speed than Tesla’s full-size van.

You’d think EV supporters wouldn’t complain so much when someone actually offers an EV product into additional categories.

They probably did market research (which you did not) and no one is forcing you to buy one.

The people who throw the most dirt at new EV entrants are the so called “EV enthusiasts”. Who knows, maybe if they badmouth it loud enough VW will kill it before anyone can be subject to its specifications. God forbid someone drive a low speed EV for their low speed deliveries, better be safe and just go back to diesel.

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VW = Dirty, Filthy, Cheating LIARS!

Why anyone still spends money on them is a mystery to me.


Usually I tend to say it’s better to at least have something instead of nothing… But this one… Hmmm… Disappointing…

I get the point that it is supposed for inner city transportation needs, but… come on VW…

Maybe… maybe they can sell some in Norway… Really hard to stay positive on this “News”…

Please, please Chinese Manufacturers copy that, make it cheaper and better and sell it in Europe!


Hehe, most likely you didn’t avoid the b**,* s*… T classification for that “EV”, which surely fits this one, but doesn’t pass the automatic filter…

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Haha. Nice. Not any of those words, however.

A word in that comment triggered a moderation filter from a previous commenter who has since been banned. I brought your comment back to life. Sorry about that!

We should be grateful for small favors…..At least it is not the 25 mph, 50 mile range ‘concept BUZZ’ Microbus. If it can really attain 56 mph and has a 62 mile range, that is an improvement beyond anything they’ve really made lately.

I assume the 100 mile range is based on the European test system on their ‘down hill test track’. Analogous to the 31 mile Mercedes that can only really go 10-15 in real life.

This is 2X the price it should be, maybe more.

This is almost the same dollar price as a $60,000 Sprinter 2500 (170″ WB High Roof) PLUS a 40kWh Leaf on top.


Ok so you can get a Zoe with 41kWh battery for around 30000€. Except for a little bit more metal this thing is the same but costs twice as much. I don’t know what to say except wtf is wrong with VW…
Make it available for 40000€ and it might make sense. But this is overpriced garbage.

Funny thing is that gas version starts from 27.5k Eur. They really don’t want to sell them.

Gas version also starts at lower power output.
Only 2.0l ~~ 100kW engine trim is comparable

Don’t compare prices across private/business cars. That’s not how it works.

MAN are way behind the curve. At this point they should have a vehicle that has been designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle which would be much more competitive.
Other bus producers already have electric buses in operation and no sign of MAN’s electric trucks.

Is it just here or do other metro areas have interstates where 56 won’t get it? Pretty limiting.

I was excited, then I read the specs 🙁
Its missing a regen motor for longer trips as an RV, an attainable price and reasonable top speed.

This is clearly made for inner city (last short distance) deliveries. The price surprices me. I would have thought with that small battery, it would only be a few K extra – compared to the ICE version. I don’t know if it is because of low volume production, and a need to make money on it too. Batteries are still expensive.. but that price.. Some larger companies will buy these, as they are working on a low CO2 emission transportation.. but .. I would not buy this if I owned a small business. I would at least have to do a lot of calculations. With only inner city transportation, and if the city had road tolls for ICE cars, but free for EVs.. AND if they makes it illegal for ICE cars at certain hours (like they do in some cities) then it would be profitable for sure. If the road tolls are high enough, it may still be profitable. I would like to see real world test of the range. I’m waiting for an electric van – but want one with many seats. 9 seats minimum. This as a minibus would work probably 300 days a year. Could even… Read more »

The low top speed isn’t a problem for an urban delivery van. On the contrary, it avoids the temptation of drivers to speed.
The price is a different story… This is a lot more than the Renault Master or Chinese Maxus EV80.