Première: MAN eTGE adorns postage stamp
The electric van from MAN Truck & Bus has been accorded a great honour in Austria for the first time. Österreichische Post AG has immortalised the MAN eTGE on a postage stamp. This is to commemorate the arrival of the Austrian post service’s 2,000th electric vehicle, which was put into service at the beginning of December.
- MAN delivers a total of 25 eTGE vans to Österreichische Post
- The leading parcel and postal service provider in Austria wants its delivery services to be “100% green” by 2030
Österreichische Post AG is working flat out to decarbonise its delivery processes for letters, advertising mail and parcels. To this end, the leading mail and CEP service provider in the Alpine state started incorporating vehicles with electric drives into its fleet at an early stage. As a result, the 2,000th electric vehicle was put into operation at the beginning of December. And that vehicle was an MAN eTGE. Österreichische Post has marked the occasion with a personalised postage stamp.
MAN Truck & Bus is supplying a total of 25 electric vans to Österreichische Post. This first one was handed over at the end of September. The remaining vans will be delivered by the end of 2020. These battery-powered vehicles with a loading volume of 10.7 m3, an output of 100 kW and a range of 115 km (according to WLTP) will be deployed in the greater Graz area. The delivery of letters, advertising mail and parcels is to be completely reliant on electrical energy as early as August 2021 in the capital of the federal state of Styria. The eTGE’s standard equipment, which is particularly well-suited to the urban environment, proves beneficial in this respect: Amongst other features, the MAN electric van has an Active Lane Keeping System, a front and rear parking assistant, a side wall protection system, Emergency Brake Assist, LED main headlights and daytime driving lights, MAN Media Van Navigation and a rear-view camera, as well as an eight-year guarantee on its batteries.
By the end of the year, Österreichische Post will be using around 1,100 e-bikes and e-mopeds, as well as close to 1,000 e-vans to carry out the daily delivery service. This means that Österreichische Post's electric vehicles are already capable of serving around 80 per cent of all delivery districts in Austria. It is the largest electric fleet in the country. Peter Umundum, Executive Board Member for Parcel & Logistics at Österreichische Post AG, explains the background to this: “We have set ourselves challenging targets with our sustainability strategy. Not only have we been delivering all items in a carbon-neutral manner since 2011, we are aiming to become completely carbon-free by 2030. To achieve this goal, we are investing heavily in e-mobility and alternative drives in addition to working closely with the research and industrial sectors.”
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