Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is presenting at the Frankfurt Motor Show a concept that furthers the theme of urban commercial mobility. This four-door concept – the “e-load up!” electrically powered city delivery van – offers a spacious interior despite its quite compact exterior dimensions. Thanks to a cargo management system, the interior of the e-load up! could be configured in several ways that could benefit its user.
Finding the right size of van usually depends on the purpose. If a van is too big or too small for the job to be done, it would just cause inefficiencies. For a city delivery vehicle, a length of 3.54 meters should be enough, as it is large and agile enough to serve as transportation unit for a courier service, pizzas deliveries or service technicians. The load up! has this exact length and even offers more than a cubic meter of cargo space in the back. More than that, the load up! is both economical and flexible to suit the requirements of city delivery vehicle.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ concept for the load up! was to create a small van that could transport small loads, thus operating more efficiently than a larger vehicle. When there is a need to transport larger volumes, an operator could employ a fleet of sister vehicles. With the load up!, operators could work efficiently through collective intelligence.
Of course, small vehicles are considered ideal for congested cities because of their size and agility. Moreover, operators usually don’t dispatch conventional delivery vehicles until their optimal loads are achieved for the sake of efficiency. This means that a delivery van with a capacity of 100 parcels won’t be headed out to make its rounds if it only has 10 parcels to deliver. However, this dilemma is being addressed by the e-load up! More than that, this small electric delivery van isn’t costly to maintain and is flexible and eco-friendly. Derived from the passenger car version of the Volkswagen e-up!, the e-load up! could also enter zero-emission zones where conventional vehicles aren’t allowed.
Half a year ago, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles unveiled an electrically powered concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show -- the Volkswagen e-Co-Motion. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles believes that electric vans could be efficiently operated thanks to existing service infrastructures. But since the e-Co-Motion measures 4.55 meters in length – more than a meter longer than the e-load up!, it would be a great gap-filler in urban delivery services between the load up! and large trucks.
In terms of cargo capacity, the load up! (over 1,400 liters) offers more than the passenger model of the e-up! At a weight of around 1,164 kg, the load up! could carry up to 306 kg of load.
Providing the propulsion power for the e-load up! is an electric motor that delivers 60 kW (82 PS) of max output – with 40 kW (55 PS) in continual output and 210 Nm of instant torque. This power level is enough to send the van dashing from zero to 100 km/h in 12.4 seconds and achieving a top speed of 130 km/h. The motor gets its juice from an 18.7-kWh lithium-ion battery integrated into the floor. Thanks to this capacity and to the vehicle’s low weight, the e-load up! has a range of 160 kilometers (NEFC) on a single charge.
Just like in the e-up!, the charging interface in the e-load up! is carefully hidden under the 'fuel cap'. Customers could optionally avail of the CCS combined charging system that has already been made standard by Volkswagen and other carmakers. This system allows for both direct and alternating current charging, which means the e-load up! could be recharged at most charging stations, regardless of the available electricity source or charging speed. The new e-load up could be recharged to 80 percent of its battery capacity in just 30 minutes.
Interestingly, the load up! isn’t just available with the electric drive system from VW. After all, the German carmaker is also allowing customers to specify their load up! small van with the powertrains available in the passenger car version – like the economical petrol engine and natural gas unit. The natural gas version of the load up! offers low fuel consumption, low carbon dioxide and noise emissions. With these attributes, the natural gas version of the VW load up! was recently named the most environmentally friendly car of the year by the Motoring Club of Germany (VCD).