VW Commercial Vehicles is following in the footsteps of the passenger car division with an exciting range of commercial vehicles powered by electricity.
The company brought five world debuts to the Hanover show, which range from electric transporters to a cargo e-bike and fuel cell powered van. The I.D. Buzz Cargo concept is based on the previously unveiled and production confirmed I.D. Buzz and will be offered with two battery variants, offering a choice of either 205 or 340 mile range vans – along with, we think, some very appealing retro-modern looks.
Leaning on its Formula E racing expertise, a small ABT branded e-Caddy electric van will arrive in mid-2019 with a range of around 135 miles from a 37.3kWh battery.
The ABT brand was also used to show off an e-Transporter electric van that, like the I.D. Buzz Cargo, will be offered with two battery variants – one providing a range of 130 miles thanks to a small and light-weight 37.3kWh battery like that fitted in the e-Caddy and the other option providing 250 miles from a doubling up of cells, providing 74.6kWh in total.
In addition, the company unveiled a new Crafter HyMotion with hydrogen fuel cell, which can achieve driving ranges of more than 300 miles per fill. Rounding out the five was the brand’s first electric bike: the Cargo e-Bike, which is intended as a “last mile” delivery solution. The three-wheel cycle will be available in 2019 and offers electric assistance to the rider up to 15.5mph.