With Nissan getting ready to launch the e-NV200, it appears Volkswagen is looking to go after the same zero-emission commercial vehicle market with the all-electric 2013 e-Co-Motion Concept. Debuting next week at the Geneva Motor Show, the e-Co-Motion Concept might be small in size, but VW says it has cargo and payload capacities that should be perfect for small businesses.

Measuring 179 inches long, 75 inches wide and 77 inches tall, the e-Co-Motion Concept has about the same footprint as the current Golf, and it has a cargo capacity of 162 cubic feet and a maximum payload of more than 1,700 pounds. There isn't too much information on the e-Co-Motion just yet – such as what electric components and platform are used – but the press release posted below states while the concept is shown as a cargo van, future body styles could include a passenger wagon or a refrigerated box van.
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THE DELIVERY VAN OF THE FUTURE: VOLKSWAGEN UNVEILS e-Co-Motion CONCEPT

At next week's Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be showing a transporter concept vehicle: the e-Co-Motion. Despite its large cargo capacity it is compact and manoeuvrable. Eight hundred kilograms of payload, yet zero emissions on the road thanks 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: high manoeuvrability with a small vehicle footprint, very 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 appeals with its ability to unify what at first appear to be contradictory development specifications: maximum space on a minimal vehicle footprint. From a length of just 4.55 m (width: 1.90 m, height: 1.96 m) the concept vehicle offers a maximum cargo capacity of 4.6 m3 and an impressive 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 ideal conditions for maximum space utilisation, and all sorts of body versions and customer solutions are imaginable. 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.


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      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice van, I quite like it. Perfect for parking it down by the river.
      razorpit
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW has some great concept designs for vans, but hey, VW, how about actually building one of them? Concepts are great but what do we get here in the US? A rebadged Chrysler minivan. Each new concept is like a kick in the junk when you stop to think about it...
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting show concept vehicle, and certainly a step in the right direction from VW.
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's worth noting that this van is just a few inches bigger in every dimension than the Type-2 aka original VW Microbus, which means its actually pretty roomy. It's a slick looking van and I'd like to see passenger variants - especially a Westie of course, though being "all electric" would make it somewhat unsuited for that purpose, I imagine. All it needs really is the classic color-on-bottom-white-on-top paint job and it'll be the 1960's all over again!
      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      For a van, this is HOT.
      Evan Hayden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please build it, and please please pleas bring it to the states!
      strada_gt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this the camping car I've been waiting for? TDi option? What happened to the Bullie concept?
        ssbjohn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @strada_gt
        as soon as i saw the pic i thought it was the bullie -- which i thought was not to be built just a concept
      Zapbrannigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great concept - would be nice to see any german manufacturer actually deliver a real EV rather than the endless parade of concepts which never see production.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice sized and good looking little delivery panel "van". Could provide some competition for the Ford Transit in europe especially since the Ford is getting that new homely nose.
      Autothoughts
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it, however I also see a large dose of the old GM Astro/Safari twins.
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can dig it
      FierySolstice
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this looks awesome looking! So much better than a Ford Transit Connect, plus add a couple more windows and this would be a great looking personal van too.
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