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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Volkswagen launch pure-electric e-Crafter with up to 400km range

Volkswagen have unveiled a 100%-electric version of its Crafter delivery van at the Hannover commercial vehicle show in Germany.

The electrically powered Crafter Concept vehicle demonstrated is near production-ready with a cargo capacity of up to 1.7 tonnes

Powered by a 100 kW / 290 Nm electric motor fed by a 43 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the e-Crafter concept can travel up to 200 km between charges.

The batteries can be charged back up to 80% in 45 minutes using a 40 kW DC charger.

Anticipating future battery developments, the e-Crafter's design will allow a reconfigurable range of up to 400 kilometres when new technology becomes available.

Volkswagen's battery research and development efforts to-date include:

  • Targeting a 66% cost reduction by using a common cell design across all brands
  • High specific energy lithium-ion cells with up to 380 Wh/l
  • Solid state batteries with up to 1,000 Wh/l

    First vehicles on sale in 2017

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