Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is offering its e-Co-Motion concept vehicle, an electrically powered city delivery van, as the possible solution to growing cities and the need to reduce gas emissions. Around the world, cities are getting bigger and this means that the demand for transport solutions is increasing. But there’s the matter of stricter CO2 standards.
In addition, numerous big cities are imposing vehicle access restrictions to avoid smog and fine particulate pollution. Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Spokesperson of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, gave a presentation of this city delivery van.
This vehicle exclusively uses electric drive systems. The electric drive unit is attached to the rear axle along with a single-speed planetary gearbox to attain big wheel turning angles at the front axle. This makes this vehicle become highly maneuverable – an essential feature for city operation.
It then has a turning circle of 8.95 metres, which is exceptional in this vehicle class. The compact drive unit offers a continuous power output of 50 kW / 68 PS, representing energy savings. The maximum power of the drive unit is set at 85 kW / 115 PS.
It also has a maximum torque of 270 Nm that permits the vehicle to offer an impressive acceleration even when the vehicle is carrying a heavy load. The e-Co-Motion concept was intended to be used for city deliveries on city streets but it offers an electronically limited top speed of 120 km/h.
This allows for driving on city motorways and short intercity routes. Customers have various driving range requirements but the three-stage modular battery concept for the traction battery is capable of meeting all of them.
For ranges of around 100km, the vehicle could be equipped with a battery with a capacity of 20 kWh. But for a 150 km driving range, it will have to come with a battery with 30 kWh. And for a top driving range of 200 km, the vehicle has to use a battery with 40 kWh storage capacity.
The crossmembers and rib structure of the battery box were designed to be used as a load- bearing body element. This also helps to cut the vehicle’s weight.