Volkswagen is using this year Hannover IAA Commercial Vehicles to showcase its electric intentions with the prototype of the new e-Crafter, a zero emission city centre delivery traffic.

The character of the new Crafter has not been changed by the electric drive system. The payload capacity has a cargo space of 11.3 cubic metres and a maximum cargo space height of 1,961 millimetres. The load width available between the wheel arches is 1,380 mm and the maximum cargo space length is 4,855 mm, thus meaning no changes to the overall dimensions.

With a permitted total weight of 4.25 tonnes the roadworthy concept vehicle is accelerated by the 134 hp electric motor up to the maximum permitted speed of 80 km/h. Thanks to a maximum torque of 290 Newton metres it can carry a maximum load of 1,709 kilograms.

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The concept vehicle’s battery pack, which is made up of 312 cells and has a total capacity of 43 kilowatt hours, is accommodated under the cargo space floor. The cargo space capacity remains unchanged. Depending on vehicle configuration, the battery unit enables a range of more than 200 kilometres. Subject to sufficient charging current capacity, the batteries can also be charged back up to 80 per cent in 45 minutes.

The silent Crafter can also be recognised from the front by the signature C-shape of the daytime running lights, the typical identifying feature of Volkswagen electric vehicles. 

The cockpit differs from the diesel versions in that it has a ‘power meter’ in place of a rev counter, a leather steering wheel with blue decorative stitching and titanium black seats with blue trim.

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The concept vehicle being shown at the IAA has additionally been given a service station, in which replacement batteries for these special cargo e-bikes can be stored and charged.