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Biggest Surprise This Year!

Volkswagen Commercial vehicles pulled off one of the biggest surprises this week, when it unveiled the first ever electrically powered Crafter.

The e-Crafter concept was described as a “near production-ready solution for zero-emission city centre delivery traffic” and is set to be in the hands of some customers as early as 2017.The concept vehicle continues to offer :

– Outstanding payload capacity with 11.3 cubic metres of space
– Maximum height of 1,961mm, with a permitted total weight of 4.2 tonnes.

Plus the new Crafter is powered by a 100kW electric motor restricted to 80kph.

The battery pack has a total capacity of 43kW hours and sits beneath the cargo space floor. The batteries can be 80-per-cent charged in just 45 minutes, and offers a range of more than 200 kilometres

Whats more, the e-Crafter’s design also takes into account future battery developments to allow extended ranges.

The e-Crafter concept sets itself apart from the standard Crafter through special Reef Blue metallic paintwork, matching painted bumpers and protective side strips.

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

The E-Crafter has a power meter instead of a rev counter, a leather steering wheel with blue decorative stitching and titanium black seats with blue trim.The concept vehicle also has a service station, in which replacement batteries for special cargo e-bikes can be stored and charged.

Confirmation of the e-Crafter’s specification and availability in the UK will be confirmed at a later date.

The e-Crafter concept’s technical data (IAA 2016)

Drive system: Electric motor
Power output: 100kW
Torque: 290Nm
Battery: Lithium-ion (26 x 12 cells); 43kWh, 384V
Charging time: 45 mins (at 40kW) DC 40kW
Permitted total weight: 4,250kg
Top speed: 80kph
Range: 208km
EC kerb weight: 2,541kg
Load: 1,709 kg
Cargo space capacity: 11.3 cubic metres
For more information, contact Cordwallis on 0208 582 6000 or email us at contactus@cordwallis.co.uk
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