The Volkswagen e-Crafter concept previews a zero-emissions future for the award-winning new Crafter
Due to be shown at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, Germany, the new e-Crafter concept has been designed for zero-emission, city-centre delivery driving, and showcases the technology of the production e-Crafter, which is due to be on the roads of Europe in 2017. From the very first designs, the new Crafter, which has just been awarded International Van of the Year 2017, has had electric power as a drive system incorporated into the plans, and the e-Crafter concept is the first fruits of this.
The character of the new Crafter remains intact with its electrification. The concept vehicle still has outstanding payload capacity, with the battery pack accommodated under the cargo floor, and the overall cargo dimensions remain unchanged from the production model. This is a van designed for urban driving in mind, so the e-Crafter will only go up 50mph, but the 100-kilowatt electric motor still produces 290Nm of torque for instant and responsive acceleration. Also, the total permitted weight is still some 4.2 tonnes, with a maximum load weight of 1,709kg. Depending on configuration, the battery enables a range of more than 124 miles, and the batteries can be charged up to 80 per cent in only 45 minutes. What’s more, the e-Crafter has been designed to take into account battery technology progression, so ranges of up to 260 miles become possible.
The new e-Crafter concept sets itself apart from diesel versions through a unique Reef Blue Metallic paintwork, matching painted bumpers and side strips, and a blue bar on the front grille. The silent Crafter can also be recognised from the front by the signature C-shape of the daytime running lights, the identifier of Volkswagen electric vehicles. The cockpit differs from the diesel versions with a 'power meter' in place of a rev counter, a leather steering wheel with blue stitching and titanium black seats with blue trim. The cargo space is appropriately equipped for the challenges of tomorrow, with the cargo floor featuring a ProSafe load-lashing system, Flex-Rack set-up and Globelyst shelving system, coming from upgrade specialists Sortimo.