Delivery Van of the Future: Volkswagen e-Co-Motion
At next week’s Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen’s Commercial Vehicles division will be showing a transporter concept vehicle: the e-Co-Motion. Despite its large cargo capacity it aims to be both compact and manoeuvrable. The van offers eight hundred kilograms of payload, yet produces zero emissions on the road owing to an electric drive system.
‘Electric mobility – especially in light commercial vehicles – could play a crucial role in meeting the growing transport needs of the world’s megacities,’ explains Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Speaker of the Brand Board of Management. ‘Freight trains and conventional or hybrid-powered high capacity lorries would deliver goods up to the city limits. Then, at transfer stations, smaller electric delivery vans would take over. Their predictable travel routes and fixed depots would simplify battery charging and equipment maintenance.’
Exclusively conceptualised with an electric drive, the e-Co-Motion offers many user-relevant vehicle properties: manoeuvrability with a small vehicle footprint, good visibility and seating ergonomics with easy entry, exit and walk-through. A low cargo floor height and large cargo capacity make loading easier.
Fully independent of existing models, the exterior of the e-Co-Motion represents an attempt o unify what at first appear to be contradictory development specifications: maximum space on a minimal vehicle footprint. From a length of 4.55 m (width: 1.90 m, height: 1.96 m) the concept vehicle offers a maximum cargo capacity of 4.6 m3 and a 800 kg of payload. This was enabled by clear partitioning of the vehicle body into a lower driving-relevant zone containing an underfloor drive unit, battery and gearbox; and an upper superstructure that is relevant to delivery tasks. This generates conditions suitable for maximum space utilisation, and all sorts of further body versions and customer solutions can be imagined. Whether it is a driver’s cab in front of a cargo box, as in the concept vehicle, or a passenger shuttle, low platform or refrigerated box: the customer decides.