Volkswagen eCrafter Confirmed for CV Show 2018 Appearance

Volkswagen eCrafter Confirmed for CV Show 2018 Appearance

Volkswagen eCrafter Confirmed for CV Show 2018 Appearance

The zero-emissions eCrafter van from VW is set to make its British debut during this month’s CV Show in Birmingham, signalling the arrival of yet another electric LCV as the market moves away from fossil fuels.

It was also announced this week that the first UK trials of the eCrafter will get under way in May, with a number of operators chosen to experiment with the van before its design is finalised and production gets under way.

Volkswagen collaborated with customers in order to come up with the ideal specifications for this high-capacity van, as it is aiming to meet the needs of business users that cover an average of around 60 miles in a working day.

To that end the eCrafter has a claimed maximum range of 100 miles on a single charge, although real-world figures have yet to be published and will presumably be made public after the period of testing has concluded later this year.

The electric motor on board generates the equivalent of 134hp, which should be suitable to help the van transport goods and equipment around towns and cities.

The load area has a volume of 10.7 cubic metres, making it identical to existing diesel-powered Crafter vans. This has been achieved because the batteries are built in below the floor line, meaning that they do not encroach on any other part of the van’s design.

In terms of payload capacity, the largest of the eCrafter vans will be able to cope with up to 1.75 tonnes upon launch. A smaller one-tonne capacity model will also be offered to customers in the UK and in the other markets in which this vehicle is being introduced.

VW has scheduled the release of the eCrafter for September this year, so the tests taking place from May will enable it to put the final touches to the van rather than making any radical overhauls possible.

Two British airports, Gatwick and Heathrow, have been chosen to trial this all-electric LCV. Local authorities in London are also getting access to the range before anyone else.

Urban driving usually involves lots of stopping, starting and idling. This means that the advantages of an electric power train will really come into play not only in terms of efficiency but also when it comes to cutting harmful emissions and minimising noise pollution.

London is one of the most congested cities in the world, and with the ultra-low-emissions zone in place and higher fees for polluting vehicles being implemented, electric vans like this will soon become far more important for businesses that want to operate in the capital.

British buyers will be able to get up close to the eCrafter at the CV Show between the 24th and the 26th of April, with the NEC once again hosting the event. It will appear alongside other electric vans, including the Renault Master ZE, meaning it is not the only zero-emissions attraction on the cards.

 

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