The IAA Commercial Vehicle Show 2018

September 2018 saw the 67th IAA Show in Hannover and this year’s theme was “Driving Tomorrow” and included five new and exciting electric vehicles.


Offering a view of the future, we saw the all-electric I.D. BUZZ CARGO concept – the first commercial vehicle to be based on the I.D. Family.

Featuring an automated driving mode (I.D. Pilot), smart shelving and a built-in workbench, Volkswagen’s most innovative zero-emission concept vehicle yet demonstrates what the future’s vans could be like but keeps the iconic look of the first Transporter.

The e-Crafter

The e-Crafter is part of a new generation of electric vehicles that can compete with combustion engines on both performance and efficiency.

Boasting 290Nm of torque, over 100 miles on a full charge and space for 4 Euro pallets, the e-Crafter is just as hard-working as its diesel colleagues.

It’s already on sale in Germany, where drivers have been won over by its acceleration and handling, driver assistance packages, quiet and smooth driving experience and seamless power delivery.

The e-Crafter offers lower running costs, reduced emissions, environmentally-friendly credentials and a sizeable payload. As low-emission zones or total diesel bans from cities come into force and governments maintain electric vehicle grants, the e-Crafter could be the sensible choice for forward-thinking inner-city operators with an eye for a deal.

The Crafter HyMotion concept

Based on the e-Crafter, the Crafter HyMotion concept has a hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain and smaller batteries, giving a longer range of around 310 miles with zero emissions.

With its long-range capability, rapid refuelling and 4.25t gross vehicle weight promising a respectable payload, the Crafter HyMotion is just as suited to covering long distances as the e-Crafter is to inner cities.

ABT e-Caddy

This is a partnership between Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and ABT Sportsline, experts in electromobility. After years of research and multiple championships in the FIA Formula E electric race series, their experience meets a new sector.

The first joint offering to reach production is the ABT e-Caddy, featuring all the benefits of a Caddy Maxi; room for 5 people to sit comfortably, numerous driver assistance systems and a durable interior. Add in zero emissions and it’s the ideal city taxi.

The ABT e-Transporter concept is a potential future offering from the partnership. It’s no less adaptable as an electric vehicle, offering enough space for a complete workshop or seating for up to 9 people.

The Cargo e-Bike

The e-bike is an important mode of transport in the future of mobility, particularly for busy cities, where more spaces and charging facilities have been created for eco-friendly transportation. As online ordering increases in popularity, fast and clean last mile delivery solutions will need to keep up.

Cue the Cargo e-Bike, the world's most advanced electric cargo bike and our first pedelec (pedal electric cycle). Ideal as a last mile delivery solution, it can carry up to 210 kg.

Fleet management for the future: We Connect Fleet

The mobility of tomorrow needs new, smart solutions – that's why Volkswagen Commercials have designed We Connect Fleet. Designed to support fleet managers with tasks such as route planning and logbook inspections, the digital system will be available both on desktop and as a mobile app.

Speak to the team about how Volkswagen Commercials can work for you and your business.

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