Full electric/hybrid Transporter.

Scruffy

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I know there is already a full electric version out, but lets face it, its useless, unless you're a delivery driver delivering small packets of feathers over the road twice a day. But without a crystal ball, when do you believe I'll be able to place an order on a T6/7/7.1 Kombi that will do 400 miles and carry a ton ( vat qualifying)? My van is now 4 1/2 years old and I figure maybe another 18 months before I'll get itchy feet. I know there is currently a massive payoff between load and range, so are we waiting for battery technology to bridge this gap? or are we still years away from my requirements?

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andys

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I'm serious, I think it'll take 2 full model cycles before the technology is there that will give a 5m van a dependable 400 mile range in addition to a 1 ton payload at a price comparable to today's Transporter
 

DaveD

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We're talking VW, so there will be a T7 that they claim will do all of those things in the next couple of years. When you've driven 100 miles but are stuck on the side of a motorway and the display says "Range: 0 miles" you'll know for certain that they lied.
 

VanDamMan

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Hi...If you’ve been watching that Tv show that’s converted to electric...110 defender and that cool Enfield bike ...Electric vans may be nearer than you think....but when you watch all the engine bits come out and the weight trade off with batteries ..it’s impressive..and it’s got power and range....What’s not to like :)
 

andys

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Electric vans are here now, but the batteries that would fit into a Transporter size vehicle and give a 400 mile range while leaving room for a payload of 1 ton are not. And when they are they'll likely start at twice the price of a Kombi in real terms. A Crafter size vehicle fulfilling those requirements will be nearer.
 

DaveD

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When it can carry a ton, or somewhere near, and genuinely go 400 miles on a charge, I'll be in the queue to get one if the price stacks up, but I wouldn't buy one purely on the basis that the dealer says it has a 400 mile range, I'd need to know that it's realistic. I'd probably settle for a genuine 300.
Many manufacturers of electric vehicles already make claims about range that have proven to be fiction.
 

Scruffy

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So, like me you’re all thinking my/our next van will be another diesel? I really don’t have a problem with that, but, I don’t want to be in a position 5 , 6 or 7 years from now where I have a vehicle I can’t sell, or more correctly worth very little, when I still had to shell out an awful lot of cash for a ”premium” product.
 
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