MAN has delivered eleven units of their eTGE to Swiss Post, which is deploying the electric transporters in Berne, Geneva and St. Gallen. Swiss Post intends to use up to 400 electric-powered delivery vans for parcel delivery by 2023.
Swiss Post is already planning a tender for the procurement of further electric delivery vans. MAN’s battery-powered delivery vans are just the beginning. With them, however, Swiss Post is already aiming to save 40 tonnes of CO2 per year – projected to the targeted 400 electric delivery vehicles, this would result in a saving of 1,450 tonnes of CO2.
Swiss Post has been relying on electric mobility for some time now, but only for the delivery of letters. The MAN eTGE thus includes parcels in the logistics provider’s zero-emission strategy. According to NEDC, the electric van offers a range of up to 173 kilometres. The battery capacity should be able to cover about three-quarters of all inner-city transports.
In order to make the best possible use of the vans, MAN’s “Transport Solutions” consulting department determined the planned application areas, energy requirements and ranges for all vehicles with local conditions in advance of the purchase by post. In this way, a suitable charging concept could be developed that can vary depending on the deployment and depot. The aim is to keep costs and resources as low as possible.
With the MAN eTGE, charging is carried out in around five and a half hours on an AC wall box with 7.2 kilowatts. Fast-charging from zero to 80 per cent is possible within 45 minutes if a CCS DC charging station with at least 40 kilowatts of charging power is available. According to MAN, the consumption costs per 100 km are on average 75 per cent lower compared to diesel TGE. According to Swiss Post, the vehicles should only be charged with green electricity from renewable sources in Switzerland.