Volkswagen eCrafter (2019–)
e-Crafter zero-emission van goes online
The e-Crafter was developed in parallel with models that have Euro6 diesel engines (TDI). The lithium-ion battery in the underbody enables full utilisation of the 2590 mm tall high-roofed van's cargo capacity of 10.7 m3 . The same applies to other important dimensions such as the vehicle's through-loading width (1,380 mm) and cargo compartment height (1,861 mm). Maximum payload is between 0.975 and 1.72 tonnes depending on the configuration.
The electric motor – an EEM85 synchronous motor – is integrated at the front of the e-Crafter. It produces 100kW of peak power and 290 Nm of torque. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a single-speed automatic gearbox (EQ 290) designed for commercial vehicles. Together, the engine, gearbox and differential form a compact module. This unit is manufactured at the Volkswagen Group's components plant in Kassel. Other technical elements of the drive system include the engine controller and the power electronics. The latter controls the flow of high-voltage energy between the electric motor and the battery. The power electronics module converts the direct current (DC) stored in the lithium-ion battery to alternating current (AC). Meanwhile, a DC/DC converter generates the 12 V for the electrical system in the vehicle.
At a charging station operating at 40kW (direct current), the battery (energy capacity 35.8kWh) can be charged to 80 per cent of its energy capacity in just 45 minutes. If an AC wallbox supplying 7.2kW (alternating current) is used, the battery can be charged to 100 per cent within 5 hours 20 minutes. This is generally done overnight at a company's operations facilities.