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VW Eyes Opportunity for Commercial Battery Vans with e-Co-Motion

Clean delivery option for polluted megacities.

by on Mar.04, 2013

VW sees opportunities for a battery-battery commercial van in crowded and polluted megacities.

While battery power has severe range restrictions, automakers see great potential for small city car applications. But with the e-Co-Motion concept it unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this week, Volkswagen has yet another opportunity in mind.

The German maker’s truck subsidiary sees a promising niche for short-distance commercial vans that could meet growing demand for clean vehicles in polluted megacities.

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VW’s e-Co-Motion concept vehicle offers a large cargo area and the carrying capacity of eight hundred kilograms – nearly 1,800 pounds — of payload, while also producing zero emissions from its electric drive system, VW officials said.

“Electric mobility – especially in light commercial vehicles – could play a crucial role in meeting the growing transport needs of the world’s megacities,’ explains Eckhard Scholz of the Brand Board of Management.


Electric Vans Likely to Save Owners Money

But battery cars likely to cost $1000s more, says new study.

by on Jun.20, 2012

Nissan is expecting strong fleet demand for the battery version of its NV200 van.

Electric passenger cars currently cost $5,000 to $6,000 more for their owners to buy and operate than an equivalent fossil fuel car over the vehicle’s lifetime, according to a new study by the Paris-based International Transport Forum (ITF).

But because of the different operating requirement, an electric delivery van costs is likely to cost as much as $5,000 less to own and operate when compared to a similar van running on gasoline or diesel, the same study found.

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The study also shows that:

  • The costs of reducing CO2 emissions by promoting electric cars, even with low-carbon sources of electricity, remain high.
  • In those cases where electric cars already compare favorably to fossil-fuelled vehicles, subsidies may be superfluous.


Orders Roll in for Ford Transit Connect Electric

Battery van gaining fans.

by on Aug.30, 2011

Initial demand for the Ford/Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric van is exceeding expectations.

What was supposed to be a niche vehicle appears to be gaining some unexpected momentum.    Demand for the battery version of Ford’s Transit Connect van is pushing past initial expectations.

The Transit Connect Electric is a joint venture of Ford and the Canadian Azure Dynamics.  The Vancouver-based firm’s lithium-ion-powered driveline gives the compact commercial van a roughly 80 mile range, which the partners are betting hits the sweet spot for delivery services and other urban users.

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While that market is modest, so were Ford and Azure’s initial expectations, with first year sales targets of no more than around 700.  But early demand suggests that demand could push past that goal.

Azure Dynamics has announced its Norwegian Ford dealership, RøhneSelmer, has ordered an additional 100 all electric Transit Connect Electric vans. Its original March order was for just 58 of the vans, which were sold to a variety of clients, among them Norway Post.