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Volkswagen e-Crafter review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Volkswagen estimates that most van drivers only cover between 40 and 60 miles per day – and those figures come from analysing more than 210,000 different driver profiles from 1500 customers. Providing you have a regular place to charge the e-Crafter, then, its official 100-mile range is unlikely to be an issue.

Crucially, costs are also competitive, particularly when you consider monthly contract hire rates relative to other large electric vans. If you buy outright, however, the e-Crafter will cost you about double the price of a diesel-engined Crafter. Once you've made the purchase, though, you'll benefit from reduced operating costs and lower maintenance. It's also worth remembering that various government grants can lower the e-Crafter's cost by as much as £8000.

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Verdict

The Volkswagen e-Crafter is the first electric large van designed with electrification in mind, and that makes a big difference. It drives brilliantly, can carry a big payload and load volume and has a sensible range.

  • Great to drive
  • Excellent storage
  • Good range
  • Only available in left-hand drive
  • Could do with more body sizes