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by David Zalstein

The Volkswagen e-load Up! has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show.

A commercial van concept based on the electric Volkswagen e-Up! (pictured below), the Volkswagen e-load Up! is a city-sized delivery van that combines small dimensions, large storage capacity and zero-emission motoring.

With a fold-up passenger seat, configurable load space of over 1400 litres and exterior dimensions that see it just as long, 4mm wider and only 1mm taller than an Up!, Volkswagen says the four-door van is just as suitable for service technicians as it is for couriers and pizza deliveries given its 306kg load rating.

Volkswagen-e-Up!

Powered by a 60kW/210Nm electric motor and an 18.7kWh lithium-ion battery integrated into the floor the Volkswagen e-load Up! claims 0-100km/h “within 12.4 seconds” and a top speed of 130km/h.

Able to be charged to 80 per cent of its battery capacity in 30 minutes, the all-electric van is touted as having a single-charge range of up to 160km.

Presented as an EV concept at this week’s show, but able to fitted with different drivetrains, Volkswagen says given the right level of demand, a commercial van based on the Volkswagen e-load Up! could be available soon.

The new e-load Up! follows the Geneva unveiling of the pure-electric light-commercial Volkswagen e-Co-Motion concept.




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