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MAN TGE Van Vs MAN eTGE Electric Van

January 17th, 2023

‘The future is electric’ is a phrase bandied about a lot nowadays. And while this could be true for the future, in the now there is still a big debate over what is better, electric or diesel. Both types of vehicles have their own pros and cons, so when looking for a new van, it can often be hard to consider the differences between the two.

This is why Van Sales UK are putting together helpful guides, pitting the diesel and electric versions of vans against each other to compare and contrast their best features. There will be no winner, as both vans are great for different reasons, but the information will help you make an informed decision about which will be best for you and your business.

Today we are looking at a van from the MAN family of vehicles, the MAN TGE. Founded in 1893, MAN Truck & Bus SE is a leading international provider of commercial vehicles, including vans, trucks, coaches and buses.

The MAN TGE is a light commercial vehicle that first saw production in the 2010s. Available in a range of body types, it proved a popular and reliable choice for customers. And like most popular vans, the electric version soon followed. Unveiled in March 2018, the MAN eTGE took all the features that customers had come to know and love and inserted an electric engine into its place.

Read on to find out a bit more about both types of vans so you can decide what is best for you.

Engines and Spec

The MAN eTGE runs on a fully electric engine that provides zero emissions while you drive, as well as being quiet and reliable across distances. You can stay mobile with three convenient charging options, allowing you to charge easily on the go. With these options it can be fully charged in just five hours on the fastest option.

As mentioned in our review of the MAN eTGE, This fully charged battery gives the vehicle an impressive range of about 70 miles depending on driving conditions, making it perfect for urban driving.  The MAN eTGE also generates new electricity when coasting to help increase the driving range.

The diesel version of the MAN TGE features a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine. There is a variety of engine models available ranging from 102 to 177 horsepower, so you can find a van that suits your exact requirements in terms of this. There is a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but also an option for an eight-speed, giving you this option if needed. The engine can provide plenty of torque and power, getting you where you need to go at suitable speeds.


The MAN TGE interior looks and feels great, prioritising a cabin that you can use as a mobile office. It is practical, comfortable and has plenty of storage for whatever you need during your day. This includes a dual passenger seat that can be folded down to operate as a desk.

In terms of payload, there is plenty of space for whatever you need. The permitted total weight of the panel van is up to 5.5 tonnes, with the amount varying depending on which model and body type you go with. As mentioned in our review of the MAN TGE, you can expect a great deal of safety features built in as standard. This includes electronic stability control, emergency braking technology and cross-wind assistance. There are also plenty of additional options you can add on if needed.

The MAN eTGE interior is quite similar to its diesel counterpart, with the major differences being the transmission and displays, which are adapted for the electric vehicle. It is a practical and comfortable cockpit, with a digital screen that will clearly show your speed, range and battery percentage. You can expect a slightly smaller payload in the electric van, due to the battery being heavier and taking up additional space compared to a diesel engine.

All MAN vehicles have an inbuilt navigation system built into a digital infotainment screen, so you can easily navigate and play music or podcasts. For additional comfort, you could upgrade to an steering wheel and heating seats

The Verdict

Now that you’ve heard about the great features of both types of vehicles, it’s time to shop for your new MAN van today. We stock both the MAN TGE and MAN eTGE in a variety of body types, including Luton, panel, dropside and tipper.

When shopping with Van Sales UK, you can take advantage of amazing deals, getting your new van for incredible prices, as well as free fast delivery nationwide. We have a variety of purchase options available so you can get the van however you want, including part exchange, finance and leasing.

So if you want great vehicles at great prices, give us a call today on 0117 205 2619.


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