AN electric-powered Volkswagen concept van was unveiled at this week’s Geneva motorshow and could be the shape of city vans to come.
The e-Co-Motion transporter electric drive system produces zero emissions on the road and offers maximum space on a minimal vehicle footprint.
And attention has been paid to providing good visibility and seating ergonomics with easy entry, exit and walk-through. A low cargo floor height and large cargo capacity are designed to make loading easier.
The van has a 4.6cu m cargo capacity with a payload of 800kg but VW says it will be compact and manoeuvrable – 4.55m long, 1.90m wide and 1.96m high.
This has been achieved by partitioning the vehicle body into a lower ‘driving-relevant’ zone containing an under-floor drive unit, battery and gearbox, and an upper superstructure relevant to delivery tasks.
The likely configurations include driver’s cab in front of a cargo box, as in the concept vehicle, or a passenger shuttle, low platform or refrigerated box.
Volkswagen Brand Board of Management member Dr Eckhard Scholz told Business Vans:
“Electric mobility – especially in light commercial vehicles – could play a crucial role in meeting the growing transport needs of the world’s mega cities.”
Research released last week suggests that drivers do fewer than 100 miles each day making electric vans perfectly viable for everyday work.
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