05 Sep 2018


Volkswagen presented the new e-Crafter in Hamburg designed for payloads of up to 1.72 tonnes. A few test drives through the busy city of Hamburg and around the harbour area showed that Volkswagen has done a good job in developing this zero emission van. And more importantly for operators, with an e-crafter or any e-van for that matter, there will not be any problem with environmental protection zones in cities.

The first e-Crafter Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles showed was a panel van, but a VW-spokesman mentioned that a passenger version will become available next year. VW emphasized that the e-Crafter is developed for all businesses which are active in urban areas: the "last mile deliverers" in the courier and logistics sector, craftsmen, retailers, energy suppliers and shuttle and taxi services. The e-van has a driving range of up to 173 kilometres (per NEDC) and a top speed limited to 90 km/h. An evaluation of 210,000 driving profiles from more than 1,500 VW-customers showed that most drivers cover between 70 and 100 kilometres per day with their van. Furthermore 25 companies from Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Sweden became active participants in final road testing of the e-Crafter, integrating 38 pre-production vehicles into their fleet operations.
The new e-Crafter will launch at a net price from 69,500 euros (Germany) and is 'full option' including highly advanced assistance, like an Automatic Post-Collision Braking system, convenience and infotainment systems. Like all Crafter vehicles, the chassis of the new model will be produced at the Września plant (Poland). Final assembly of the electrical components will take place at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand's main plant in Hannover.

The lithium-ion battery is located in the underbody of the e-Crafter. This enables full utilisation of the 2,590 mm tall high-roofed van's cargo capacity of 10.7 m3, and the cargo compartment height is 1,861 mm.
The electric motor – an EEM85 synchronous motor – produces 100 kW of peak power and 290 Nm of torque. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a single-speed automatic gearbox (EQ 290) designed for commercial vehicles. Its electrical consumption with a 0.975 tonne payload is 21.54 kW/100 km (combined). At a CCS charging station operating at 40 kW (direct current), the battery (energy capacity 35.8 kWh) can be charged to 80 per cent of its energy capacity in just 45 minutes. If an AC wallbox supplying 7.2 kW (alternating current) is used, the battery can be charged to 100 per cent within 5 hours 20 minutes.

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