Volkswagen unveiled the new e-Crafter van concept at the recently concluded IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany. The concept van is designed to run with zero emissions, making it a perfect choice for delivery vehicles and logistics service providers. Volkswagen continues to promote electric vehicles for the future. With the increasing demand for electric mobility and cleaner emissions, we’re not at all surprised why Dr. Ekhard Scholz wants the production model to be ready by next year. And by that, he means it to be readily available for the consumers.
Volkswagen already has a diesel version of this commercial van. The diesel might have been “unfriendly to the environment” lately so this probably explains the “urgency”. Whatever the case may be, the electric drive system won’t make any significant change to the Crafter’s overall makeup. Volkswagen’s concept van provides the same exceptional payload capacity with its 1,961mm maximum cargo space. Normally, the Crafter has sufficient 11.3 cubic meters of volume. Its entire dimensions haven’t changed a bit considering its 4,855mm length and 1,380mm width. The 312-cell battery unit is placed underneath the floor so it won’t affect the current space capacity in any way.
Delivery services will find the new e-Crafter van really useful and more practical when transporting cargos anywhere in the city. The German automaker’s e-vehicle concept has a total of 4.25 tonnes of weight and 1,709kg maximum load volume. We’re also impressed with its 290Nm maximum torque aside from its built-in 100kW electric motor with 80km/h maximum speed.
Volkswagen’s e-concept van comes with a total of 43kilowatt hour battery power within a 200km range. However, this may vary from time to time based on the configuration. Also, about 80% of the battery can be charged almost completely in less than an hour using a 40kW DC quick charger.
Moreover, we can also get as much as 400km configurable range with the same model given the battery’s development underway. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has taken these things into consideration to make the e-Crafter van an interesting alternative particularly for the delivery service industry. In line with this development, Volkswagen’s IAA exhibit also provides a special service station that offers charging and battery replacements for VW e-bikes.
Company's EV concept is painted in Reef Blue Metallic while also using the same colour for its bumpers. This is to set the difference between the EV and the diesel variant. The bar on the front grille also comes in blue colour and is highlighted by Volkswagen EV’s iconic-C daytime running lights.
The new Crafter’s cockpit comes with a power meter instead of the rev counter found on diesel model. Both the seats and the leather-wrapped steering wheel have a touch of blue on them. The EV is also equipped with state of the art innovations from Sortimo, which includes Globelyst, Flex-Rack and Pro-Safe cargo floor elements.