Electric Caddy due to go on sale in Europe from the middle of 2019
The Volkswagen e-Transporter and Volkswagen e-Caddy have made their debuts alongside the flashier ID Buzz Cargo concept at the 2018 Hannover commercial vehicle show.
Both the electric Transporter and Caddy were designed in conjunction with ABT, a tuner specialising in vehicles from the sprawling Volkswagen Group portfolio. This time lowered springs, big alloy wheels, and more aggressive aero packages are conspicuous by their absence.
The ABT e-Caddy has an 82kW electric motor connected to a 37.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The automaker claims the van has a top speed of 120km/h, and a range of up to 220km under the NEDC testing regime.
Presented in taxi livery, the e-Caddy is based on the Caddy Maxi, and has seating for five people with enough space to house their luggage too. The overall cargo area is rated at 4200 litres.
According to Volkswagen, the e-Caddy has been "tailored" for urban use and is perfect for city centres where car usage is banned or heavily restricted.
The e-Caddy will go on sale in Europe from the middle of 2019.
Described only as a "potential production model", there are no details yet about the e-Transporter's electric motor.
If it does go into production, the e-Transporter will be offered with two battery pack options in order to cater for various use cases and budgets.
The smallest and cheapest option features a 37.3kWh battery pack, which is presumably the same unit fitted to the e-Caddy. Given the Transporter's larger body and greater mass, range is down to 208km.
Those wanting more range will need to stump up for the 74.6kWh battery, which should be able to travel around 400km between charges.