Volkswagen made its ‘green presence’ felt at the Hannover Messe 2011 that concluded recently. The German automobile giant has unveiled a battery-powered compact van named the Elektro Caddy Maxi.
As you are already aware, Hannover Messe is the world’s biggest industrial fair with the participation of around 6,000 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors. Started in 1947 by the British military government in view to boost the economic advancement of post-war Germany, Hannover Messe has now become the world’s foremost technology event.
The Elektro Caddy comes up featuring three on-board chargers, with each rated at 3.3 kW. A considerable number of electrified vans are expected to hit the roads of Hannover within two years as Volkswagen is gearing ahead to conduct real-worlds tests of “CO2-free” commercial vehicles to promote ‘green travel’.
The configurations under the hood seem to have been inspired from the VW Golf. The Volkswagen Golf family of cars is marketed in various body configurations and under various nameplates such as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada and as the Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico.
Besides, it resembles the Ford Transit Connect to an extent. The Ford Transit Connect is a compact panel van developed by Ford Europe and manufactured by Ford Otosan.
The Elektro Caddy Maxi prototype has a range of only 68 miles and falls way behind the 80 miles offered by the Ford Transit Connect Electric. After all, it is just a prototype as mentioned and there is every chance for an improved version.
The VW venture will definitely be a huge leap ahead in CO2-free mobility, considering the current demand for commercial electric vans.