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CV Show 2019 - Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles e-Range

CV Show 2019 - Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles e-Range


The 2019 CV Show brought many amazing viewing opportunities, but none more interesting than the complete VWCV electric van range! And we met them all!

We recently attended this year’s CV Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Like many others attending the show we were looking forward to seeing the big stands that had been created by the likes of Ford and Vauxhall and the latest take on where the big electric gains have been made.

But the stand that caught our eye the most was the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle (VWCV) stand.

Volkswagen chose this space to give us our first glimpse of their brand-new electric commercial vehicle range.

As a result of a partnership with ABT, VW have electrified their range of extremely popular vans including the Caddy, Transporter and Crafter.

So why don’t we stop building and start telling you what they’re like?!

Volkswagen ABT e-Caddy

  • Battery Capacity – 37.3kWh
  • Charging Time – 50 minutes up to 80%
  • Range – 136 miles
  • Performance – 82kw/111ps
  • Top speed – 75mph
  • Maximum torque - 220

It could offer the perfect solution for companies wanting to green up their fleet, or for a local business trying to keep their business as planet friendly as possible.

VW have also entered the idea that, due to its range and charge time, the fully-electric ABT e-Caddy could be configured as a taxi. However you do also have the option to configure it as a standard panel van.

Due to hit showrooms in late 2019, the German manufacturers will be hoping that the e-Caddy will be able to hit the same dizzying popularity heights as its petrol and diesel engine counterparts.

With quite attractive stats like that 136-mile range and a 75mph top speed the e-Caddy could be rolling along the right lines!

Taking a look inside, the e-Caddy will feature a much similar interior up-front to the standard petrol or diesel versions including the touchscreen multi-media centre with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.

Moving to the rear and the load capacity, the e-Caddy offers a payload of 636kg and 4.2 cubic metres of storage space.^

The main bug-bear for people reluctant to get into the EV enthusiasm parade has been the inconvenience of recharging and the amount of time this would take. With the e-Caddy charging is a relatively quick and simple process, just plug in and 80% charge is achieved in just 50 minutes.

Although Volkswagen have usually been relatively slow to market with new innovations or products, they have always delivered in spades when they do get to market. On this occasion it looks as though they’ve been comparatively quick on the draw and hit the nail on the head too!

Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter

  • Battery Capacity – 33.7 or 77.6kWh
  • Charging Time – 50 minutes up to 80% or 1hr 38 minutes
  • Range – 129 or 250 miles 
  • Performance – 82kw/111ps
  • Top speed – 75mph
  • Maximum torque - 220

Now into its 80th year in production the Transporter has been a staple of the VWCV scene for many people, but now the best-seller is going electric.

Coming into production in late 2019 the ABT e-Transporter will give customers a choice of 2 battery configurations to choose from.

On the one hand you could select the 33.7kWh version which will charge to 80% in just 50 minutes, like the e-Caddy, and have a range of up to 129 miles.

Or you could decide that you want something a little more powerful.

The second version of the e-Transporter comes with a 77.6kWh battery which will allow you to take in up to 250 miles on a single charge. But charging will then start to become a little more time consuming. In the larger battery to achieve an 80% charge you would need to power it up for around 1 hour and 38 minutes.

This may be something of a sticking point for some people. But you do have to think that you would be nearly doubling your mileage range in the larger battery with no less storage space in the back.

The battery packs for the new ABT e range are generally stored below the rear of the vans, so this can have a small effect on the load capacity.

However, with that being said, in the e-Transporter, regardless of the which battery you choose, you’ll still get the same 6.7 cubic metres of cargo space.

So there’s more choices to be made as a consumer when it comes to the e-Transporter, as opposed to the e-Caddy. But Volkswagen believe this just means that the new van can appeal to a wider range of consumer.

Plus we all like a bit of choice don’t we?

Volkswagen ABT e-Crafter

  • Battery Capacity – 35.8kWh
  • Charging Time – 45 minutes up to 80%
  • Range – circa 107 miles*
  • Performance – 82kw/111ps
  • Top speed – 56mph
  • Maximum torque - 290

The largest van in the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles electric range will be the e-Crafter. This monster is aimed at supplying the market with a large van solution to EV fans/drivers.

One advantage that the e-Crafter has over the top of the other models is that it’s already been put to task in London.

The main area of focus for the EV assault is the capital, especially now with the ultra-low emissions zones are popping up all over the city.

Volkswagen sent several e-Crafters down to areas of London like the City of London Corporation, London Borough of Southwark and both Gatwick and Heathrow airports for trialling in 2018.

Following these successful tests, the e-Crafter was thought about on a wider scale.

Now VW are looking to get the first models out in the UK in 2021, so the numbers in the above charts could vary somewhat between now and then.

One of the most surprising elements about the e-Crafter is that incredible 80% charge time. Regardless of its size the German Manufacturers are saying that it’s going to be possible to charge this Crafter quicker than the Caddy. Which can only be a positive point, especially if this van is being aimed at those travelling around 40-60 miles per day.

In terms of the wider vehicle, what else do we know about the ABT e-Crafter?

Well, as we’ve alluded to, this is the largest van from the VWCV range so the storage space is going to be quite substantial.

Current information coming from the brand states that the e-Crafter will offer 10.7 cubic metres of cargo space in the back. Which should be more than enough to get even some of the larger loads secured.

We know that EVs aren’t going to be to everyone’s taste and there’s probably builders, plasterers, plumbers, couriers and other self-employed drivers reading this piece now that blast through 100 miles a week, in your case an EV probably wouldn’t be suitable.

But when the technology has come so far so soon and with the growing demand for climate change, coupled with the plethora of savings available to companies adopting EVs. The wider use of electric vans is probably already written into our futures. This is what we’ve got to look forward to from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles over the next few years.

We believe if you couple in the arrival of the eagerly anticipated T6.1, with these stunning EVs, then the future is looking extremely exciting for the German manufacturer and its fans, no matter which side of the electric fence you’re on.

*Vehicle statistic may be subject to change before production commences  

^Based on e-Caddy Maxi version. Storage space will varying depending on model