As part of Volkswagen’s commitment to electric vehicles, the e-Crafter battery electric delivery van was introduced at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany on Wednesday.
The automaker said the electric version was planned early on in the Crafter’s development process and has the same dimensions as the new gasoline and diesel models that launched in July.
The near-production e-Crafter packs 312 lithium-ion cells hidden under the cargo floor, storing 43-kilowatt hours, which is enough to provide 129 miles (208 km) of driving range.
The driving range is 24 miles (38 km) more than Nissan’s electric e-NV200 van, although the Nissan has a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h).
Maximum cargo space matches the standard Crafter van at 333 cubic feet, and the electric version has a maximum payload of 3,767 pounds.
Using a DC 40 kW fast charger, the battery can be topped up to 80 percent in just 45 minutes.
The two vans are nearly identical, but the e-Crafter can be identified by a specific Relief Blue paint scheme, C-shaped LED daytime running lights up front and a handful of blue accents on both ends.
Inside a tachometer is swapped for a battery power meter and seats are decorated with black and blue trim.
Volkswagen notes the e-Crafter’s design is modular, and it will be able to receive next-generation battery packs for up to 250 miles (400 km) of driving range.
Europeans won’t have long to wait for the emissions free van.
“The first e-Crafter vehicles will already be in customers’ hands by 2017,” said Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Chairman of the Board of Management, Dr. Eckhard Scholz.
Pricing and availability will be released at a later date.