The e-load up! is an electrically powered delivery van based on the firm's up! city car and uses the same powertrain as the e-up!, which was also revealed at Frankfurt. As a result, it's a lot smaller than your average commercial vehicle. But this isn't just a pie-in-the-sky Motor Show concept car, Volkswagen believes it could serve an important function for town and city-based delivery businesses.
It's powered by an 82bhp electric motor that offers 210Nm of torque – enough to take it from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 80mph. The 18.7kWh battery is good for a range of 100miles, and, with fast charging, can be recharded to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes. But Volkswagen say a production version could be ordered with any of the standard up!'s petrol engines.
The rear seats have been removed, creating a loading bay with more than 1,400 litres of capacity. And the front passenger seat also folds down, to free up even more space. It weighs 1.164kg and can carry a total load of 306kg.
It might seem like the tiny dimensions of a city car are ill-suited for a commercial vehicle, but VW see the e-load up! as being ideal for businesses that transport small loads – such as couriers or pizza delivery firms – where its rock-bottom running costs and flexibility will offer a real benefit. The firm also believes it could be useful as a support vehicle for companies operating a fleet of normal sized vans.
The concept is clearly close to production-ready, too, as Volkswagen say it could be available soon if there is enough demand.