Three purely electric MAN eTGEs are now being put into operation in Paris. In the French capital, the electric van is used by DHL Express France, Geodis and SNCF Réseau – all for very different purposes.
While the local branch of DHL Express and the logistics service provider Geodis operate classic delivery and delivery services in Paris, SNCF Réseau uses the electric delivery van for internal passenger transport. Réseau is a subsidiary of SNCF, the French national railway company that operates the French rail network. The eTGE is intended to transport track maintenance technicians and equipment between the workshop and the construction sites at Gare de Lyon and Gare de l’Est stations.
SNCF Réseau is planning to only use electric vehicles for its last-mile logistics and inner-city distribution in future. So far, electric cars have been used for this purpose, and now the electric van MAN eTGE is being added to the fleet.
DHL Express France uses the eTGE in its DistriGreen fleet in the 9th arrondissement. This is a first step by the French subsidiary of Deutsche Post to achieve the Group’s goal of 70 per cent emission-free travel on the first and last mile by 2025. By the end of 2020, DHL Express France will have more than 100 electric vehicles in operation.
According to MAN, the delivery van will have a realistic range of between 120 and 140 kilometres when used in the city or under urban-like conditions – the WLTP range is 114 kilometres. Values such as a payload of 950 kilograms or a loading volume of 10.7 square meters are likely to be more important than the engine output of 100 kW.
In Switzerland, eleven eTGEs are already in use at Swiss Post for delivery – albeit in yet another completely different environment than the traffic in the French capital.