At Hannover Messe 2011, the "world's foremost technology event," German automaker Volkswagen unveiled a battery-powered compact van called the Elektro Caddy Maxi. Though only a prototype, VW will lease an undisclosed number of these electrified vans to the city of Hannover, Germany for two years as a way to conduct real-worlds tests of "CO2-free" commercial vehicles and to promote electric mobility.

The Elektro Caddy shares its underpinnings with the VW Golf and sort of resembles the Ford Transit Connect Electric. The Caddy prototypes supposedly features three on-board chargers, with each rated at 3.3 kW. Its range – a reasonable 68 miles – is no match to the Transit Connect Electric's 80 miles, but the Elektro Caddy is merely a prototype, and there are no plans for a production version at this time. To date, VW has reportedly manufactured only two Elektro Caddys, but if demand for commercial electric vans were to hit, say, three vehicles, then at least VW can say it has some experience in this electrified segment.

[Source: Volkswagen, Plugin Cars]
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Hannover, 5 April 2011: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the state capital of Hanover, Stadtwerke Hannover AG enercity, hannoverimpuls, economic development agency of the City and Region of Hannover, the German Messe AG and the Company for Construction and Housing Hanover GBH start a cooperation on CO2-free mobility with light commercial vehicles to more sustainable. The aim of cooperation is in the Hanover region together for two years to test electric-powered Volkswagen Caddy.

"The testing of the purely electric powered caddy for city services and delivery vehicles is an important milestone for the development of sustainable mobility in the light truck segment," said Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, spokesman for the Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, at today's presentation of the project on the Hanover Fair. "And clearly, we test the electrical caddy in everyday practice standards in Hanover, at our traditional site, with powerful partners, which are oriented and ecologically sustainable."

"The Hanover-based economy, clearly proves this project that it wants to make the future of electric mobility and active can," said a delighted Mayor Stephan Weil. "The electrical mobility, the automobile industry change sustainable. This structural change is already in sight and to work for you is, strategic performance of the project. Together with strong partners, we are taking a big step, Hannover to position itself as part of a region of competence e-powered mobility, the electrical mobility can be experienced. For the City has the hannoverimpuls GmbH very active here ", said Weil.

Characteristic of the urban and peri-urban movement of trade, service trade and daily recurring and short routes are to depots with evening return. 80 percent of used light commercial vehicles lead to conventional combustion engines no more than 50 miles a day and reached by frequent stop and go relatively slow average speed of five kilometers per hour would have, on the other hand, a very high consumption, namely approximately 35 liters to 100 km explained Schreiber. A battery-powered truck, which will usually run during the day and at night go back to the socket could be much more economical solution.

The presented today electric Caddy has a range of 110 km, a load volume of 4.2 cubic meters and a payload of 500 kilograms, is thus a fully usable vehicle. "We want our partners impetus to the development of electrically driven, innovative light commercial vehicles to gain valuable experience on economic aspects, such as operational expenses to collect these cars and jointly test the commercial use of the electric caddy in the field of city logistics. With CO2-free commercial vehicles, we increase the chances of local emission reduction considerably ", said Schreiber.

"We are pleased to be able to test with these strong partners, the new E-Caddy cars in enercity fleet on its practicality. We are of enercity provide a CO2-free mobility by the supply of electric vehicles from renewable sources current is guaranteed. used by the project charging stations are powered by renewable enercity environmental flow. We are our experiences with the already bring in Hanover installed charging stations, "said enercity CEO Michael G. Feist at the presentation of the e-Caddy the Hannover Messe.

"We are very pleased that this cooperation at HANNOVER MESSE 2011 is presented. Energy issues and mobility technologies are major focal points within the HANNOVER MESSE, insofar as it is natural to use the international and technical framework for the presentation of this fleet testing. We hope that from This test, in which the German Messe AG actively involved, important lessons for the zero emission vehicle use in urban traffic can be won -. an issue that we take up within the HANNOVER MESSE also with the Metropolitan Solutions for the German Messe AG, within the Cooperation will also integrate a vehicle in their fleet, the local partnership is another important building block in their role as the dominant factor in Hannover. We like to make a contribution to the city of Hannover Germany among the leaders in the application and testing of sustainable environmental technologies "position," said Wolfram von Fritsch, Chairman German Messe.

Even Dieter Cordes, Managing Director of the Company for Construction and Housing Hanover GBH, was convinced of the E-Caddy Project: "The GBH is from the beginning of the climate alliance partner of the City of Hannover. With comprehensive modernization of the CO2 emissions of the buildings of GBH by about 30 percent has been reduced. Climate change goes far beyond the building envelope. The holistic view of the built city and the organization of transport must be part of climate change. This includes environmentally friendly vehicles and modern drives. We are convinced the project partners in the testing of such a type of vehicle produced in Hanover. "


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