Say hello to the eTransporter
We all know the chugging, taxi-like sound of a VW Transporter diesel engine spluttering to life on a cold December day, waking the neighbours with the air rippling intensity of an enraged T Rex with a bad hangover. For those with petrol engines, we all know billowing exhaust fumes creating a Los Angeles style polluted micro climate around your camping spot.
As much as these memories may tug on your distant nostalgic heart strings, it’s time to change, and let’s face it, we all want it and we all need it. Diesel really has no place in the modern world. Neither does petrol. Neither does asthma and other pollution-based conditions. Even when you need a burger to combat your hangover at a festival and the burger van has a choir of generators humming ‘out-back’. It’s time for them to slip away into the history books forever… goodbye. Hello salad.
You may have missed it, but VW have recently announced adding two electric vans to their range, the eCaddy and eTransporter - the first all-electric version of the VW Transporter T6.
Caddy aside, VW give you a choice of two battery packs for the e-Transporter; twin and single. The 77.6kWh twin pack delivers as impressive 250 miles without being charged. The single battery pack (38.8kWh) holds 134 miles if fully charged.
There are no updated charging time details, but VW are quoting an 80% charge in 49 minutes using a 40kW quick charger for the single-battery model, with a full charge using a more modest 7.2kW source taking five hours 10 minutes. Apparently, charging two batteries takes twice as long.
Where are the California’s, Beach’s and Ocean’s?
Sadly, there are no signs of California’s, Beach’s or Ocean’s yet. I suppose the VW bean-counters are getting the commercial sausage factory pumping out trade vans first before the leisure industry benefits from e tech?
Further underpinning the sausage factory ethos, is the first eTransporter will be a long wheel base model. Considering a vast percentage of van drivers cover more than 250 a day, perhaps the uptake may be slower than expected?
1186kg (single-battery) or 695kg (twin-battery) payload capacity
Charging and Changing
There will be more than 1 million electric vehicles in use by 2020, which will require a total of 100,000 EV charging points. Currently there are only 16,500 points in the UK. There are even fewer rapid charging ports at just 1,500 with the space to charge 3,400 cars, if you can find a spot where someone hasn’t parked their car whilst they nip into for a Costa flat white or grab twenty B&H.
BP is moving also with the times. It has bought the UK’s biggest electric car charging network, in the latest sign of major oil producers addressing the threat that low-carbon vehicles pose to their core business.
The acquisition of Chargemaster, which has more than 6,500 charging points across the country, will begin to result in the deployment of fast chargers at BP’s 1,200 forecourts over the next year.
The deal is understood to be worth £130m and was lauded as a significant milestone towards cleaner motoring in the UK. There are more than 140,000 electric vehicles on the UK’s roads, most of which are plug-in hybrid vehicles that can run for a short distance on battery power before switching to petrol or diesel.
BP estimates the number of electric vehicles will hit 12m by 2040, although some analysts put the figure much higher.
As the e vehicle industry changes, so will Jackyards. Whenever a new model is launched we’re all over it, creating new patterns and seat cover options. If you dive in and get yourself a long wheelbase eTransporter or Caddy for work or leisure, we’d love to show you how our seat covers will preserve your ‘box-fresh’ upholstery for the life of your van.