Five vehicle has been brought to this year's IAA in Hannover, including long distance version of e-Crafter.
Earlier today, we have reported about Renault visionary solution on the ‘last mile’ urban delivery services, the EZ-PRO, that is being presented on current IAA in Hannover. And it looks like sustainable delivery services within the cities are the key topic for quite a few car manufacturers. Next in line is Volkswagen, who may not be as creative as Renault, yet has presented solutions, that could be seen in reality in the near future.
Four vehicles in countless configurations have been presented by Volkswagen: e-bike, e-Caddy, I.D. BUZZ Cargo and Crafter HyMotion, each one being interesting in its own way. For instance, e-bike is actually a three-wheel pedal-driven vehicle, with a mid-mounted 250-watt electric motor, that can carry up to 210 kilograms of load (driver included), so it is a perfect solution for couriers in working busy cities, as it could easily be faster, than any car.
Next solution (or two) have actually been made in collaboration with ABT. e-Caddy and e-Transporter are the next step, after e-Crafter, that has recently been launched and could enter the market earlier next year. While being lighter and smaller, they are expected to cover a range between 200 and 400 kilometers on a single charge. Later on, third lightweight cargo vehicle is going to join the pair, the I.D. Buzz Cargo.
Speaking of Crafter, one could easily notice, that the new e-Crafter does not offer particularly big range. For those, VW has now introduced Crafter HyMotion. Instead of being driven by classic electric motor, its ‘fuel’ is provided by fuel cells. Thanks to them, van could cover between 350 and 500 kilometers on a single charge. And while it is still a prototype, it is said to be in a near-production stage of development.
"We are linking the present to the future. True to the IAA motto of our brand: “Transporting Your Future”. And this future is beginning now!" said Dr Thomas Sedran, Chairman of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Brand's Board of Management.