Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed an all-electric version of its new Crafter van design at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover.
The e-Crafter is envisaged as a pioneer of zero-emission city centre delivery traffic, especially for industries like courier services, as part of Volkswagen’s commitment to electric vehicles.
The fully electric van doesn’t compromise on load space, mounting the electric powertrain and battery under the floor instead. This means the interior space is the same as for diesel-powered Crafter vans at 11.3 cubic metres. The maximum load weight also stays the same at 1,709 kg.
The new e-Crafter van includes flexible loading options such as the ProSafe load-lashing system and Flex-Rack setup. It also has a Globelyst shelving system.
Volkswagen claims the electric engine can offer a driving range of over 120 miles, thanks to the 134 bhp electric motor with 290 Nm of torque. The lithium-ion battery can be charged to 80% in just 45 minutes. The van’s top speed is limited to 50 mph, making it ideal for inner city roads. This may also be increased for the final vehicle design.
The e-Crafter van also comes in a unique Reef Blue metallic paint colour with matching bumpers and a blue bar in the radiator grille. There’s also blue details and topstitching inside the cockpit. And the e-Crafter features Volkswagen’s signature C-shaped daytime running lights.
Volkswagen expects the first e-Crafter vans to be ready to drive in 2017. Contact our Lancaster Volkswagen Loughton Van Centre today for more information.