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The Milton Keynes Electric Vehicle Experience Centre is always at the cutting edge with EV technology, and this weekend is no exception with the visit of the VW e-crafter.
The all-electric e-Crafter made its UK debut at the CV Show in Birmingham earlier this year. Four UK fleets have since tested the e-Crafter in real-world conditions, with the left-hand drive model now on sale in Germany. UK pricing and specifications have yet to be confirmed but it is expected to be available in right-hand drive around mid-2021.
The e-Crafter has been tailored to typical city operations with its 100 kW (136 PS) power, high 290 Nm torque output, range of up to 173 km (c107 miles) and top speed limited to 90 kph (56 mph). A lithium-ion battery is completely integrated into the underbody, meaning the standard vehicle’s entire cargo volume (10.7 m3) is fully usable. A maximum payload of between 1.0 and 1.75 tonnes is available.
The e-Crafter will launch with highly advanced assistance, convenience and infotainment systems. Standard features include ParkPilot, front and rear cameras, an automatic post-collision braking system, and the cross wind assist system. Also included as standard are LED headlights (for dipped beam, main beam and daytime running lights), an automatic air conditioning system (Climatronic), seat heating, heat pump and heated windscreen, comfort seats and the “Discover Media” navigation system including “App Connect” for integrating smartphone apps, voice control and a mobile phone interface. The mobile online services of “Car-Net Guide & Inform” are available as an option.
Commenting on the arrival of the e-Crafter, Ted Foster, Centre Manager at the EV Experience Centre, said: “We deal everyday with enquiries and concerns about electric vehicles from potential customers, and there’s no doubt van operators have a raft of issues to understand too. Having the e-Crafter at the Centre for people to view, especially over such a busy shopping weekend, will spark some interesting discussions and get operators thinking about what’s right for their fleet”.
You can find out more about VW commercial vehicles at their website.
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