Volkswagen e-Crafter open to public ahead of future launch
Following its debut at the 2018 CV Show, the all-electric Volkswagen e-Crafter is now available for the public to view at the EV Experience Centre in Milton Keynes.
Real-world testing for the van started in May, with Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, City of London Corporation and the London Borough of Southward all taking part and VW incorporating the real-world findings of actual fleet usage into the eventual production version of the eCrafter.
With a 100kW power output and total range of around 100 miles, as well as a top speed will limited to 56mph, the e-Crafter has been tailored to typical city operations. It also gets a maximum payload of between 1.0 and 1.75 tonnes, and the same 10.7m3 cargo area as the conventionally powered van.
Ted Foster, centre manager at the EV Experience Centre, said: “Having the e-Crafter at the Centre for people to view, especially over such a busy shopping weekend, will spark some interesting discussions and get operators thinking about what’s right for their fleet.”
UK pricing and specifications have yet to be confirmed but the e-Crafter is expected to be available in right-hand drive around mid-2021.
Based in centre:mk, the EV Experience Centre was the UK’s first brand neutral centre dedicated to electric vehicles. Funded through a partnership with Go Ultra Low and complementing Milton Keynes’ status as an Ultra Low City, the centre’s aim is to provide free education and advice about electric and plug-in vehicles.
Not only can the team there inform visitors about the different electric vehicles currently available and coming to the market, but they also offer advice on charging and infrastructure, as well as answering questions to allow customers to make informed choices. They also offer test drive opportunities in a number of different electric cars.