Volkswagen e-Crafter
Volkswagen e-Crafter: learn more about EV tech at the MK EV Experience Centre from Dec 07-10
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  • Check out Volkswagen’s electric van at the Milton Keynes EV Experience Centre
  • But do it now: Volkswagen e-Crafter on display from Friday December 07 to Monday December 10
  • EV Gurus on hand to offer impartial advice on going electric

CAN you imagine not having to fill up your van again with diesel? No more queuing up at the pumps. And a massive reduction in your operating costs.

Well, all that’s on offer if you go electric. And now’s the chance to find out a bit more about how to plug in rather than fill up.

VW e-Crafter filling up with electricity
Imagine doing this rather than filling up with diesel. What’s more you don’t have to hold the pump once it’s connected!

The Volkswagen e-Crafter is going to be on display at the Milton Keynes EV Experience Centre over the next four days (Dec 07-10). (If you recall, the e-Crafter made its debut at the CV Show earlier this year.)

There’s no hard sell, just some info gurus so you can boost your knowledge and understanding of how to go electric. What it means to you and your van business. The good bits. The possible bad bits.

Volkswagen says its e-Crafter has been tailored to typical city operations. It has a 100 kW (136 PS) power output from its lithium-ion battery; but it’s not the power you’ll notice so much as the high 290 Nm torque output.

As far as range goes, the van will take you about 107 miles. The standard vehicle’s entire cargo volume (10.7 cu m) is fully usable. A maximum payload of between 1.0 and 1.75 tonnes is available.

So where do I find the EV centre?

Glad you asked. It’s based in centre:mk at 26-28 Crown Walk, Milton Keynes (MK9 3AH).

The EV Experience Centre is a brand neutral centre dedicated to electric vehicles. The centre is funded through a partnership with Go Ultra Low and complementing Milton Keynes’ status as an Ultra Low City. The centre’s aim is to provide free education and advice about electric and plug-in vehicles.

The team can advise about electric vehicles, give advice on charging and infrastructure, and answer your electrification questions .

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.’

Four UK fleets have been testing the e-Crafter in real-world conditions since the van made its debut at the CV Show. UK pricing and specifications have yet to be confirmed but it is expected to be available in right-hand drive around mid-2021 reckons VW.

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Ralph Morton is an award-winning journalist and editor of Business Car Manager. Ralph writes extensively about the car and van leasing industry as well as wider fleet and company car issues. A former editor of What Car?, Ralph is a vastly experienced writer and editor and has been writing about the automotive sector for over 35 years.

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