Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles unveiled the e-Co-Motion concept vehicle, an electrically powered city delivery van.
Designed to exclusively utilise electric drive systems, the city delivery van may become real in the not-so-distant future. The e-Co-Motion is powered by an electric drive unit mounted to the rear axle together with a single-speed planetary gearbox to achieve large wheel turning angles at the front axle and thereby the manoeuvrability that is so important for city operation.
As a result, its turning circle is 8.95 meters, which is unique in this vehicle class. The continuous power output of the compact drive unit is an energy-saving 50 kW / 68 PS. The drive unit’s maximum power is 85 kW / 115 PS, with a maximum torque of 270 Nm that provides good acceleration even in heavily loaded vehicles.
Although it was designed for city deliveries on city streets, the electronics of the e-Co-Motion concept do not limit its top speed until 120 km/h. This permits driving on city motorways and short intercity routes.
A three-stage modular battery concept for the traction battery is suited to different driving range requirements of customers. A battery with a capacity of 20 kWh could be installed for driving ranges of around 100 km, while a battery with 30 kWh would enable a 150 km driving range. Finally, a battery with 40 kWh storage capacity is planned for the top driving range of 200 km.