December 18, 2018

Volkswagen e-Crafter to debut at Milton Keynes EV Experience Centre

Volkswagen’s e-Crafter will be on show at the EV Experience Centre in Milton Keynes this weekend (8-9 December).

Based in centre:mk, the EV Experience Centre was the UK’s first brand neutral centre dedicated to electric vehicles. Funded through a partnership with Go Ultra Low and complementing Milton Keynes’ status as an Ultra Low City, the centre’s aim is to provide free education and advice about electric and plug-in vehicles.

The all-electric e-Crafter made its UK debut at the CV Show in Birmingham earlier this year. Four UK fleets have since tested the e-Crafter in real-world conditions, with the left-hand drive model now on sale in some left-hand drive European markets. UK pricing and specifications have yet to be confirmed but it is expected to be available in right-hand drive around mid-2021.

The e-Crafter has been tailored to typical city operations with its 100 kW (136 PS) power, high 290 Nm torque output, range of up to 173 km (c107 miles) and top speed limited to 90 kph (56 mph). A lithium-ion battery is completely integrated into the underbody, meaning the standard vehicle’s entire cargo volume (10.7 m3) is fully usable. A maximum payload of between 1.0 and 1.75 tonnes is available.

Commenting on the Centre’s latest arrival, Ted Foster, centre manager at the EV Experience Centre said: “We deal everyday with enquiries and concerns about electric vehicles from potential customers, and there’s no doubt van operators have a raft of issues to understand too. Having the e-Crafter at the Centre for people to view, especially over such a busy shopping weekend, will spark some interesting discussions and get operators thinking about what’s right for their fleet.”