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Kez Casey | Sep 23, 2016

Alongside the regular 2017 Crafter range, Volkswagen will also have a vision of the future for hard-working vans on display at Hannover’s Commercial Vehicle Show.

Called the e-Crafter, the electric van packs in a 43kWh litium-ion battery-pack beneath the load floor, taking the place of the regular Crafter’s diesel engine range, and leaving the cargo bay volume untouched, at 11.3 cubic metres and 1700kg.

Though displayed as a concept, the e-Crafter is destined to reach production in early 2017, giving European customers a driving range of 200km, with a fast-charge ability that can top up the battery by 80 percent in around 45 minutes.

The electric motor generates 100kW of power and 290Nm of torque, however the e-Crafter is not for use beyond city limits with its top-speed limited to 80 km/h.

That still makes it an ideal delivery van for postal and urban delivery services, and the short recharge potential means the e-Crafter could have its driving range topped up while the driver stops for lunch.

Volkswagen also claims that future versions of the e-Crafter could be able to travel as far as 400km on a single charge, as battery technology improves.

From the outside, the e-Crafter can be spotted thanks to a blue upper-grille bar and C-shaped running lights, a feature of Volkswagen’s other zero-emission vehicles.

On the inside, the e-Crafter concept features blue and black trim, while the load area is fitted out with flexible shelving and racking systems, with a service station set up to charge the battery packs of electric bikes.

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