August 14, 2019
Volkswagen vans have confirmed that the Volkswagen e-Caddy electric van will join the UK market before the end of 2019, making it the first fully electric Volkswagen van to be sold with right-hand drive, Vansdirect reveals all!
Volkswagen vans have confirmed that an all-electric version of the Volkswagen Caddy small van will join the UK market later this year, becoming the first all-electric van from the brand to be sold in right-hand drive. Left-hand drive production of the Volkswagen e-Crafter van has already sold out after being ”extremely well-received” in European markets, with a right-hand drive model now not expected until 2021.
The new VW van will be followed at some point in 2020 by UK sales of the Volkswagen e-Transporter, the first all-electric version of the Volkswagen Transporter T6, which is due to rival the Mercedes-Benz e-Vito van in the electric medium van market.
Both of the new electric vans were announced at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in September 2018, they may not have quite the appeal of the bold ID Buzz Cargo which was also displayed on their stand at the event, however they are much more relevant to the current new van market and will be available much sooner!
Rather than develop the electric vans themselves, VW vans have outsourced the job to a German partner firm called ABT. ABT are better known for running racing teams and offering tuning packages for passenger cars, their association in this capacity with the Volkswagen Group spans decades.
Volkswagen vans have confirmed that the e-Caddy will get a range of 160 miles on the NEDC cycle, a payload of 636kg, a figure which is 67kg less than diesel models and a load volume of 4.2 cubic metres (same as the diesel van). Following the Volkswagen e-Caddy will be the Volkswagen e-Transporter which will be available with two battery capacities, a single 38.8 kWh battery, with a range of 134 miles on the NEDC cycle or a 77.6 kWh twin-battery with a range of 250 miles on the NEDC cycle and two payloads: 6855kg or 1,186kg.
The Volkswagen e-Caddy van will join the UK market in long-wheelbase (LWB) Volkswagen Caddy Maxi form only to begin with, as per the taxi model on display at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show. Head of fleet at Volkswagen vans UK avid Hanna believes that the electric van could account for nearly 10% of overall sales from the Volkswagen Caddy when it does join the market.
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