The first fleet of fully electric e-Crafter vans has been delivered to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles major customers across the globe.
The e-Crafter is set to be tested until mid-2018 by large fleets in Great Britain, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands.
The e-Crafter is to be used in a range of different environments by companies who provide package delivery services, energy suppliers, individual retailers and trades businesses whose vehicles cover between 40 and 60 miles per day.
Volkswagen has analysed the usage parameters of its current commercial vehicles and says this criteria matches around 85% of trips made in urban settings. The e-Crafter has been tailored precisely to these typical city operations and distances with its 100 kW power output, range of around 100 miles and top speed limited to 55MPH.
The lithium-ion battery in the concept vehicle’s battery pack, which is made up of 312 cells and has a total capacity of 43 kilowatt hours, is accommodated in space-saving fashion under the cargo space floor. The cargo space capacity thus remains unchanged.
Its maximum payload is between 1.0 and 1.75 tonnes depending on the version.
A 40 kW charging station can charge the battery to 80% in 45 minutes.
The e-Crafter will launch with driver assistance and convenience systems such as Park Assist with side protection, a multifunctional camera and a rear view camera system.
Other standard features include climate control, seat heating, satnav, and LED headlights.
The e-Crafter will be supposedly be available in 2018.