All-electric Volkswagen eCrafter to debut at Commercial Vehicle Show
Volkswagen has confirmed it will be unveiling its all-electric eCrafter van at the upcoming Commercial Vehicle Show on 24 April ahead of real-world testing beginning in the UK at the start of May.
Four organisations will take part in the tests: Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, City of London Corporation and the London Borough of Southward.
By allowing vehicle testing with these selected real-world fleets, the company will be able to incorporate findings and learnings into the design of the production version.
John Hole, fleet manager at Gatwick Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to test the eCrafter ahead of launch and interested to see how the vehicle performs in everyday conditions and operations.
“Sustainable transport is an important focus for Gatwick across our entire business, including alternative fuelled vans and it is great to see such innovation in the supply chain.”
With a 100kW power output, total range is set to be around 100 miles, while top speed will be limited to 56mph. Via a fast-charging system, the eCrafter’s batteries can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 45 minutes.
The eCrafter gets a maximum payload of between 1.0 and 1.75 tonnes, and the same 10.7m3 cargo area as the conventionally powered Crafter. This is thanks to the use of lithium-ion batteries that are completely integrated into the underbody of the van, so load space is not impeded.
We’ll learn more about the eCrafter at the upcoming Commercial Vehicle Show, but initial deliveries of UK right-hand drive production vans are currently expected in 2021-1.