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The Post has your street scooter, Mercedes e-Vito: The market for electric delivery vans is in turmoil. Now VW is going to bring his model on the market, very late. What is the e-Crafter?



By J├╝rgen Pander

Friday, 21.09.2018
At 04:39

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What commercial vehicle drivers from your car expect, is obvious: as cheap as Possible, he should be as robust as possible and as economical as it is fuel consumption and maintenance costs.

The first electric large-series vans, it wanted to know the Manager of VW commercial vehicles. So you had 150 large customers analyze, 1460 Interviews with practitioners from the transport industry and a total of 210.000 driving profiles to determine.

All-electric delivery vehicles in order to relieve cities from the noise and Dirt, but Volkswagen is in the Segment of late. The Post stirring up the market with the little street scooter, Mercedes e-Vito. Peugeot, Renault, and Nissan have electric delivery vans for years on the road. Since the VW is supposed to be tailored-vans now well to the audience and to be much larger than the pioneer of the competition.

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VW e-Crafter:
Whisper Express

At the end of the field research project of Volkswagen a profile with the following data: 70 km Average daily mileage, 87 percent of urban, 50 to 100 stops per day and an average transport capacity of 870 kilograms. This is precisely the requirements of the electro-meet vans, VW, and to the delight of the managers at VW commercial vehicles in Hannover, it turned out that the technical ingredients for such a vehicle were all already in the group shelves.

Now, the VW e-Crafter is ready. The body is built in the VW Transporter plant in the Polish Wrzesnia and in Hannover with the electrical drive technology of the VW E-Golf equipped. The E-machine provides a maximum of 100 kW (136 PS), and the Lithium-ion battery under the cargo floor, with 35.8 per kWh of storage capacity allows a cruising range of 173 miles. The maximum speed is 90 km/h.

Emission-free, the “last mile”

The box body can withstand 970 kg payload, with 10.7 cubic feet of cargo space and a cargo area for up to four Euro pallets. In order for the car to cover the requirements of around 70 per cent of all enterprises in Europe, the use of a three and a half tonner in the Short – or medium-haul transport.

It goes to the “last mile”, such as logistics companies call the final transport to the end customer. Other road users to be aware of these vehicles, especially as a Second-row or Half-the-Sidewalk Short-term Parking with the hazard warning light. These scenarios will increase, because the number of Internet is increasing orders steadily. Currently, three billion parcels and packages per year in Germany until 2021, there will be four billion.

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Electric delivery trucks:
Invite, uninvite, charging

All of these would be Goods as in the past, with this Ella stern is distributed, one could bury the hope for cleaner air in the cities. Electric van launch, however, at least locally no emissions and if the electricity is generated renewably no is elsewhere. Also, trades are looking for driving Alternatives, and when cities drive to enforce bans on diesel vehicles. E-vans as an Alternative.

Because at VW so far, the experience with electric vans are missing, have been used since last December, 40 prototypes of the e-Crafter with selected large customers in Germany, Holland, the UK and Sweden to testing. It was found, for example, that the first, preferred, multilevel recuperation (energy recovery when braking) is superfluous.

Hum warns pedestrians

It was found that the near-silent Transporter of pedestrians or cyclists is sometimes perceived only in very late. Soon, therefore, an artificial hum to signal the Middle of the e-Crafters.

As standard, the e-Crafter is equipped with three charging options. The battery under the load floor is via a Schuko socket in about 17 hours of charging via a wall box (7.2 kW) in just under five and a half hours or by a fast charge CCS (40 kW) in around 45 minutes. Which loading is favoured variant, depends on the respective use. Charging overnight via a wall-box appears, in any case, as a viable solution for most of the transport.

This pays off at all?

The question of the cost remains. The VW e-Crafter costs net 69.500 Euro and to about 15,000 euros more than a comparable model with a diesel engine. The average fuel consumption of the e-Crafter is, in turn, 21.5 kWh per 100 km, a Crafter with a diesel engine consumes on average 10 liters per 100 kilometers.

VW has calculated that the e-Crafter less than half of the energy costs of a Diesel-causing Crafter. And in order to mitigate the skepticism of potential customers with a view to battery, guaranteed VW with a battery capacity of 70 percent after ten years of use. The sales planning in Hannover are still cautious. 2019 they wanted to sell, “a four-digit number” on the e-Crafter, says a VW spokesman.

The conservative calculation could not only hang with the lack of experience values for electric vehicles, but also with a number of competing models that will be coming in the next few months on the market. Including one from the VW group, namely the one with the e-Crafter is completely identical and just as expensive TO eTGE.

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