Volkswagen e-Co-Motion Concept

Written By:
Photography by:

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 maneuverable.  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 conceptualized with an electric drive, the e-Co-Motion offers many user-relevant vehicle properties: high maneuverability 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 utilization, 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.

Comments

Concept S-Class Coupé provides a clear vision of the future
Concept S-Class Coupé provides a clear vision of the future

Traditionally the top of the Mercedes-Benz product range is occupied by the grand coupé. The Concept S-Class Coupé provides a clear vision of the next model generation at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt: ...

Dynamics in a new form – Audi nanuk quattro concept
Dynamics in a new form – Audi nanuk quattro concept

Sportiness in a new form – Audi is showing the Audi nanuk quattro concept show car at the IAA in Frankfurt am Main. Its crossover concept combines the dynamics of a high-performance sports car with Audi's quattro expertise ...

Jaguar Reveals C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept
Jaguar Reveals C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept

The C-X17 has been created as a design study to introduce Jaguar’s all-new advanced aluminum monocoque architecture, codenamed iQ[Al], on which an exciting range of future Jaguars will be built. ...

EuroCar News on youTube Follow eurocarnews on Twitter