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Sunday 19 August 2018

UK debut for VW eCrafter at CV Show 2018

VW eCrafterVolkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be highlighting the benefits of the eCrafter to urban operators on its stand at this year’s CV Show. Due for launch in September, the zero-emission van has already started fleet trials with an international group of major customers, and four from the UK (Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, City of London Corporation and the London Borough of Southwark) will take delivery of the vans from the stand directly following the CV Show. By allowing the vehicles to undergo tests with selected fleet operators, VW will be able to incorporate findings and learnings into the final design and production version of the zero-emission van.

The battery-powered eCrafter has a power output of 100kW, a range of around 160km (99 miles) and top speed is limited to 90kph (55mph). It is aimed at urban operations, in particular fleets whose vehicles cover between 70km and 100km (43 – 62 miles) per day. According to research carried out by VW, this type of duty cycle accounts for around 85 per cent of the trips made in urban environments.

eCrafter offers the same 10.7m3 load volume as the standard Crafter, thanks to its use of a lithium-ion battery pack that’s completely integrated into the underbody, and a maximum payload of between 1.0t and 1.75t. A full charge takes around 5.5 hours using a wallbox, reducing to 45 minutes for an 80 per cent charge at a CCS charging station.

“I’m really pleased we can show the eCrafter at the CV Show and look forward to talking to customers about their future fleet requirements,” said director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Carl zu Dohna. “Our promise to work with all customers and provide them with bespoke mobility solutions to keep them and their businesses moving is at the heart of everything we do. Having the right vehicles, including alternatively fuelled vans, is essential and we are sure the eCrafter will play an important part in our future model strategy.”

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