The Volkswagen e-Crafter concept is actually a near production prototype of a production version expected to arrive next year, an electric commercial vehicle capable of hauling goods in and around European cities.
Unlike its competitor Mercedes-Benz – which is displaying the Vision Van concept at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany – Volkswagen actually has production plans for its electric hauler for city-center deliveries. So far the concept has been dubbed e-Crafter, and it’s a near-production prototype previewing the real deal coming out next year. The e-Crafter will make its worldwide debut in front of the audience present in Hannover and previews an electric delivery van packing an electric motor with 134 horsepower (100 kilowatts) and 214 pound-feet of torque (290 Newton-meters). Beneath the cargo floor sits a 43-kilowatt-hour battery – pretty small, considering the Chevrolet Bolt compact hatch has 60 kWh.
But VW says the e-Crafter has sufficient range and the production versions in the future could go up to 248.5 miles (400 km). With the components under the cargo floor, the companies can still fit cargo 3,750 pounds (1.7 metric tons) of max payloads. The concept has a catchy Reef Blue Metallic color, a subtle blue bar through the grille, C-shaped daytime running lights and a power meter to replace the tachometer in the instrument cluster.