UK trials for VW's

electric van

Volkswagen eCrafter, 2018, front

THE first all-electric van from Volkswagen, the eCrafter, will make its UK debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show being held at the NEC in Birmingham ahead of real-world testing with customers at the start of May.

The van has a range of around 100 miles and with a 100kW power output has a top speed limited to 55mph.

After its appearance at the CV show which runs from April 24 to 26, a fleet of test vehicles will be handed over to four British customers - Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, City of London Corporation and the London Borough of Southwark - for evaluation.

John Hole, fleet manager at Gatwick Airport, said: "We are delighted to be able to test the eCrafter ahead of launch and interested to see how the vehicle performs in everyday conditions and operations.

"Sustainable transport is an important focus for Gatwick across our entire business, including alternative fuelled vans and it is great to see such innovation in the supply chain."

The eCrafter's lithium-ion battery is completely integrated into the underbody, meaning the standard vehicle's entire cargo volume of 10.7 cubic metres is fully usable. A maximum payload of between 1.0 and 1.75 tonnes is available.

At a rapid charging station battery can be charged to 80 per cent in just 45 minutes and from a wallbox, charging time to 100 per cent is around 5.5 hours.

VW plans to have the eCrafter in right-hand drive production by 2020/21.

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