15 March 2017
One of the smallest electric vans ever created will be making its UK debut at this year’s CV Show, which takes place next month at the NEC, Birmingham.
The VW e-load up! is based on VW’s smallest passenger car, yet despite its diminutive proportions it has a load capacity of almost 1,000 litres and a 360kg payload, making it the ideal vehicle for urban deliveries in areas where both space and emissions are restricted.
Aimed at service technicians, food delivery companies and couriers, the e-load up! has a turning circle of just 9.8m (smaller than a London Taxi) and is only 3.6m long.
The front seats of the van are separated from the cargo area by a mesh partition, with loading through the tailgate and two rear side doors, derived from those of the passenger car.
Power comes from an AC electric motor developing (the equivalent of 82hp) and 210Nm of torque, with drive to the front wheels through a single speed gearbox. The van has a range of up to 99 miles on a single charge from its lithium-ion battery pack.
The e-load up! will be sharing stand space with a much bigger electric van – the VW eCrafter, which was first shown at the Hanover IAA Commercial Vehicle show last September.
The company has said it has no immediate plans to market the smaller van in the UK, but is interested to gauge public reaction to it at the CV Show as a potential future addition to its portfolio. The eCrafter, meanwhile, is set to appear in multiple markets across Europe.