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The right model at the right time: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents the new e-Crafter * - with zero-emission electric motor in Hamburg, designed for payloads up to 1.72 t. With a power of 136 hp (100 kW), the e-Crafter will join the new Crafter range in September, as the brand's first zero-emission utility. The debut of the high-roof electric van also marks the launch of a major campaign on the front of electric mobility: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will increase the number of fully or partially electrified models.

The new e-Crafter is at the forefront of progress: designed as a zero-emission vehicle, it can be used in restricted-traffic urban areas around the world. The e-Crafter is not affected in the long term by the driving bans which may be imposed in Hamburg or Paris depending on the level of pollutant emissions and the type of engine. As such, even before its market launch, the new e-Crafter received the “Europäischer Transportpreis für Nachhaltigkeit 2018” (European Sustainable Transport Trophy 2018) in the “Commercial and delivery cars” category.

 

Autonomy in line with the distances traveled in practice

The e-Crafter has been designed for all companies working inside cities: distributors in the logistics and courier sector operating on the last kilometers, craftsmen, small traders, representatives of the energy sector or even taxi or shuttle companies. With a maximum range of 173 km (NEDC) and a top speed deliberately limited to 90 km / h, the e-Crafter meets the real needs of utility drivers in urban areas precisely.

The choice of this configuration is based on extremely thorough mobility surveys: before designing the e-Crafter, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles analyzed more than 210,000 driving profiles with more than 1,500 customers. This survey shows that most drivers travel between 70 and 100 km per day at the wheel of their utility vehicle. It is exactly for these journeys - often punctuated by stops and restarts - that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has designed the new e-Crafter. In other words, the engineers approached the development of the e-Crafter not with maximum autonomy in mind, but with realistic autonomy. This approach has made it possible to offer competitive pricing thanks to a more compact battery format: the new e-Crafter will be sold in Germany at a net price starting at 69,500 euros. Like all Crafter, the chassis for the new model will be produced at the plant in Września, Poland. The assembly of the electrical components will take place at the parent factory of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand in Hanover.

 

The zero-emission van is based on the second-generation Crafter

The e-Crafter was designed alongside models equipped with emission-optimised Euro 6 (TDI) diesel engines. With decisive advantages: since the e-Crafter is not an electric vehicle transformed after the fact, but a model of the second generation Crafter designed as a zero emission van, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles was able to make the best use of the vehicle. architecture of the large van to integrate the electrical components. Thus, the lithium-ion battery is placed in the base of the e-Crafter for a minimum of space. This makes it possible to use the entire load volume of the high-roof panel van (2,590 mm high), ie 10.7 m3. The same applies to other reference values ​​such as the loading width (1380 mm) or the loading height (1861 mm). Depending on the version, the authorised payload varies between 0.975 and 1.72 t.

 

Electric motor, gearbox and differential combined in a compact module

The electric motor, an EEM85 type synchronous motor, is integrated into the front of the e-Crafter and provides peak power of 100 kW. The maximum torque of 290 Nm is transmitted to the front wheels via a 1-speed automatic transmission (EQ 290) specially designed for commercial vehicles. The engine, gearbox and differential are combined in a compact module. This block comes from the components production plant in Kassel (Germany). Other technical components of the engine include the engine control unit and the power and control electronics for electric transmission. This regulates the flow of high voltage energy between the electric motor and the battery. The direct current (DC) stored in the lithium-ion battery is converted into alternating current (AC) by the power electronics. A DC / DC converter produces 12 V current for the on-board network.

 

High torque electric motor is tailored for the big Crafter

An electric motor delivers its maximum torque from the start. The e-Crafter demonstrates this with masterful acceleration. In addition, whether it operates in the Montmartre district in Paris or in the Treppenviertel district of Hamburg, the e-Crafter is at ease in sloping streets thanks to a 20% clearance capacity. The zero-emission van is nonetheless very economical, since the electricity consumption is 21.54 kW per 100 km in the combined cycle with a payload of 0.975 t.

 

On a CCS charging station, the battery is recharged to 80% in 45 minutes

Connected to a 40 kW (direct current) CCS charging station, the battery, with an energy capacity of 35.8 kWh, recharges to 80% in just 45 minutes. The acronym CCS stands for the Combined Charging System, an international direct current charging standard, which is standard on the e-Crafter. Plugged into a 7.2 kW (alternating current) home AC charging station, the battery recharges to 100% in 5 hours and 20 minutes - typically overnight at the company site.

 

Innovative driver assistance, comfort and infotainment systems

As stated, the new e-Crafter is based on the second generation of the Crafter, which hit the market in 2017. Technically innovative and visually striking, the Crafter is still one of the brand's key models in 2018: for the period of January alone and June, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles increased Crafter model deliveries by 24.5%, reaching 26,800 vehicles delivered.

The e-Crafter comes to market with the latest driver assistance, comfort and infotainment systems. Standard equipment on board includes the parking aid system with side protection (reduces the risk of damaging the Crafter or other vehicles during maneuvering, thanks to 16 ultrasonic sensors distributed around the vehicle), a camera multifunction (at the front) and a reversing camera. In addition, the Crafter is the first utility in its category to include anti-multi-collision braking as standard (help to avoid accidents).

Crosswind assist is also included by default. The standard equipment of the new e-Crafter includes further equipment: LED headlamps (for low beam, high beam and daytime running lights), automatic air conditioning (Climatronic), heated seat, heat pump and heated windscreen , comfort seats and “Discover Media” navigation system with “App-Connect” (integration of smartphone applications), voice control and mobile phone interface. Mobile online services can be used as an option thanks to "Car-Net Guide & Inform".

Daily tested by professionals in Europe

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has involved major European customers in the development of its modern van. The feedback and suggestions provided by the fleet managers were analyzed in order to perfectly prepare the e-Crafter, as it appears in its current production version, for everyday use. Twenty-five companies from Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Sweden took part in the final field tests of the e-Crafter. They have thus integrated a fleet of 38 pre-production vehicles into their fleet. The zero-emission utility has mastered this test with flying colors. It is particularly important to note that, even in sometimes extremely demanding conditions, the average autonomy observed in real conditions was 100 km.

 

* e-Crafter, payload of 0.975 t - electric consumption in kWh / 100 km: 21.54 (in combined cycle), CO2 emissions in g / km: 0 (in combined cycle)

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