VW eCrafter set to make UK debut at CV Show

Volkswagen will launch the eCrafter later this month at the CV Show at the NEC, with the all-electric van set for real-world testing with UK customers from the start of May.

Four UK customers will be taking part in the trials, with Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, the City of London Corporation, and the Borough of Southwark involved.

Volkswagen has tailored the eCrafter's specifications to expected journey use, with a power output of 100 kW, a range of 99 miles on a single charge, and a top speed limited to 55 mph.

Designed in collaboration with customers, and already including developments brought about by earlier trials from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle's Hannover headquarters, the eCrafter is designed for those that typically cover around 40-60 miles a day, and in stop-start traffic.

According to analysis of more than 210,000 driving profiles of over 1,500 customers, VW reckons the eCrafter will be suitable for around 85% of urban trips.

The eCrafter will be rated for a maximum payload of between 1.0 and 1.75 tonnes, and will be rapid charge-capable via a CCS connector for a 0-80% charge in around 45 minutes. A public or workplace charge point will see that a charge to 100% take around 5.5 hours.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:4th Apr 2018

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