Hot on the heels of being named the 2017 International Van of the Year, the Volkswagen Crafter has gone electric – in concept form, at least.
This is the Volkswagen e-Crafter, a fully electric parcel mover aimed specifically at city van operators based on the all-new Volkswagen Crafter large van that is due to arrive in Australia late in 2017.
The plug-in e-Crafter has a top speed of 80km/h, so when the electric production version eventuates in 2017, don’t expect to see it on the freeway. We won’t see it, anyway: Volkswagen Australia isn’t planning to add electric or hybrid vehicles to its range for a while yet.
Powering the Volkswagen e-Crafter is a 100kW electric motor that produces 290Nm of torque, teamed to a 43kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
According to VW, the van can be recharged in 45 minutes, and it has a range of 208 kilometres.
As for the space on offer, the e-Crafter has a payload of a huge 1709 kilograms, and the cargo space is generous at 11.3 cubic metres.
You can tell the e-Crafter apart from the regular Crafter thanks to its C-shaped daytime running lights (like you get on an e-Golf) and Reef Blue metallic paint, and inside there’s a power meter instead of a tachometer, there’s blue stitching and a unique interior finish, too, apparently.