A selected number of Volkswagen customers in Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden have been testing the brand new e-Crafter, a fully electric version of the current Crafter van.
Running on a lithium-ion battery, which is integrated into the underbody to avoid a loss of cargo space, can be charged to 80% at a CCS station in just 45 minutes and 100% at a standard wall box in five hours and 20 minutes, making it perfect to plug in overnight.
Despite losing its engine, Volkswagen have ensured that the van is still packed full of features including Part Assist with side protection, a multifunctional camera and rear-view camera system, automatic climate control, heated, comfort seats, navigation and LED headlights.
Dr Eckhard Scholz, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Chairman of the Board of Management commented, “We have developed a new e-Crafter with our customers and for our customers. We are therefore now integrating selected fleet operators into an initial customer phase so that their findings in daily operations with the vehicles can flow into the final design of the zero-emission van.”
The e-Crafter is expected to land in its final form in September 2018, and we can’t wait to see what the finished result looks like. We’ll be keeping you updated closer to the time of arrival and will be letting you know just when you can get your hands on one to test drive!