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.
Stripped down but very much functional. Basic, but relevant to the needs of the market. Nothing fancy, but checks out in the practical aspect. Durable and strong, but is environmentally attuned.
These are the characteristics that make the Volkswagen e-Co-Motion an automotive wonder and a potentially ideal city delivery zero-emissions delivery van in the years to come. The e-Co-Motion has all the bare necessities one can expect from a vehicle of this mold. The e-Co-Motion is both functional and commercial as it provides the day-to-day requirements of the on-the-go transporter.
The van offers a comfortable workspace, and a good example would be the adequate areas in the van for tools, documents, an even freight goods. The van was designed not only to be functional, but also to be very easy to drive and unobtrusive in the driver’s/occupants’ requirement to move about in the line of work.
A rotary gear selector switch has been put in place in lieu of a selector lever. The conventional handbrake has been excluded, thus clearing the path to the side door in the passenger side whose seat has also been made foldable to further make for easier access.
Since the van will be often used for work, the driver must be able to focus on the tasks at hand. The driver is afforded an elevated seat position which therefore provides better visibility.
On top of practical features like the modular centre console that is movable, the drinks holders, and the 12 V and 230 V accessory outlets, the driver also is spared from distractions as the e-Co-Motion provides an eight-inch colour monitor that will relay climate control, infotainment and all other data relevant to the driver.