Numerous manufacturers are now putting electric models on the market – A technological quantum leap in Hannover – Large cargo volume – An environmentally friendly solution for urban areas
"Driving tomorrow" is the motto of the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles, which gets underway in Hannover on 20 September 2018. Apart from digitization, connectivity and automated driving, alternative powertrains are the most important topic at this year's IAA, the world's most important trade fair for transport, mobility and logistics, hosted by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
It is already clear that visitors to the IAA will experience a quantum leap in the electric mobility of vans: electric vans are pushing forward on all fronts. German and international van manufacturers are exhibiting battery electric vans which are either going into series now or are already available on the market.
From the conceptual studies presented at the IAA two year ago, series models have been developed which offer substantial advantages over conventional powertrains with internal combustion engines. These electric vans offer a zero-emissions option for local transport; they operate silently, have quick-charging batteries and boast a range of 120 – 200 km (depending on the manufacturer and make). They have a cargo volume of 6 to 20 cubic meters and a payload capacity of 900 to 1,750 kg. Smaller electric vans with a good 4 cubic meters of cargo volume and a payload capacity of about 700 kg will also be on display at the IAA.
With this capacity, these vans – in particular, those used by CEP (courier, express and package) services, skilled tradespeople and delivery agents – can carry out their daily tasks in an optimal manner. There is now a range of vehicles available for the delivery sector – a sector in which the "last mile" is especially important – which meets the latest logistic requirements and is suitable for zero-emissions local transport. The rapid growth of online retailing has been accompanied by a similar increase in goods transport and thus by increased demand for vans in urban areas.
Topics such as "The Future of Urban Logistics" and "Alternative Powertrains as a Tipping Point for the Commercial Vehicle Industry" are also on the program at the New Mobility World (NMW) FORUM devoted to an intense discussion of topics of the future at the IAA 2018. Furthermore, visitors to the IAA can experience e-mobility live during test drives of electric vans on the fair grounds.
All additional information on the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles can be found at www.iaa.de.